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This film examines the major problems confronting Tower Hamlets together with some of the possible solutions. The film while looking at the present state of affairs uses archive film and illustrati...ons to give an historical dimension to the programme.
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Module code and title: E361, Education and the urban environment
Item code: E361; 01
First transmission date: 14-03-1978
Published: 1978
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Duration: 00:24:03
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Producer: Gwynn Pritchard
Contributors: Paul Beasley; John Raynor
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Bill Pyne; Community; Inner-city; Militant; Oswald Mosley; Peter Wilmott; Planning; Poverty; Re-housing; Renewal; St. Katherine's Dock
Footage description: John Raynor interviews Paul Beasley, leader of Tower Hamlets Council, at Wapping docks. Beasley describes some of the social and economic problems facing the borough. Film of new development at St. Katherine's Dock, with commentary from Raynor. Shots of old and new housing in the East End. Raynor describes the extent of planning undertaken in Tower Hamlets. Local resident Bill Pyne describes general disapproval with modern redevelopment. The recent formation of the borough is described over an animated map. Raynor contrasts modern decay with the heyday of the area. Shots of dockland. From East End streets Raynor describes the settlement of various ethnic minorities since the 18th century. Shots of church, synagogue and mosque. Street scenes. Over several Victorian prints Raynor comments on 19th century popular portrayals of the East End. Illustrations show the match-girls' strike and dockers' strike of the l880's. Raynor describes East End militancy of both the Left and the Right. Film of riots and marches involving the British Union of Facists in the 1930's. In interview Oswald Mosley describes the extent of his following in the area. Aerial view of Tower Hamlets, particularly of new developments. Raynor provides facts about the decline of the area's population. Shots of old and new streets. An animated map is used to indicate which areas of London have experienced immigration from the East End. Raynor comments on the slums of Tower Hamlets. Film showing blitz damage and subsequent clearing operations in the East End. Raynor comments on post-war expectations regarding rehousing schemes. Over shots of old and new housing he describes the studies done by Young and Wilmott in the 1950's on housing redevelopment. In interview Peter Wilmott, now of the Institute of Community Services, explains why his predictions about the effects of destroying the old communities at a stroke have proved correct Shots of various streets. Raynor describes the extent of Tower Hamlets housing problem and criticises some new developemnt. He compares large blocks of flats with cheap tenements put up for 19th century dockers. Over shots of a newly designated conservation area Raynor comments on recent changes of policy. Shots of tower blocks, over which he describes the number of people without any homes. Over film of the docks Raynor describes the effects of severe industrial decline East End unemployment is described. Shots of vacant land, over which Raynor describes the movement of small industries out of the area. In interview Paul Beasley describes plans for the improvement of both industry and housing. Over film of different parts of Tower Hamlets Raynor concludes by emphasising the need to attract young people into the area.
Master spool number: 6HT/72797
Production number: 00525_6183
Videofinder number: 3467
Available to public: no