"That's just a family thing, you know": Memory, community kinship, and social belonging in the hagg cottages of cheshire, North-West England

Eleanor Conlin Casella

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Abstract

The Alderley Sandhills Project (ASP) was designed to archaeologically explore the transformative roles of industrialization and de-industrialization on the working communities of rural England. Collection of oral histories was an intrinsic element of fieldwork, with project participants including elderly former residents and neighbors of the excavated cottages. Their narratives provided a crucial source for understanding social meanings of the archaeological objects and places within this study site, particularly over the inter-war decades of the early twentieth century. Drawing from elements of this multi-year project, this paper will explore the dynamic maintenance of community life through the composition of social memories, and the materiality of social belonging, to illuminate the inner world of the Hagg Cottages of Alderley Edge, Cheshire. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)284-299
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Historical Archaeology
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012

Keywords

  • Gender
  • Great Britain
  • Household Archaeology
  • Oral History
  • Twentieth Century

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