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Welcome to 'The Last Refuge' revisited

This was an ESRC funded project which was undertaken between May 2005 and April 2007 with the support of The Open University and in collaboration with the University of Bristol.

The project sought to study continuity and change in residential care for older people in England and Wales over a period of nearly fifty years, providing evidence of continuities and discontinuities in the way old age and later life have been thought about during this time.

The way we did this was by revisiting an earlier project by Peter Townsend, which resulted in his book The Last Refuge.

Peter Townsend's original book cover

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