Previous FoWT monthly meeting: A talk by Eric A Jackson JP, “Model Villages and the rise of the Philanthropic movement”

Our next FoWT monthly meeting will take place on Monday 3rd July 2023 – 7.00 pm (19.00 hrs) via Zoom.

“Model Villages and the rise of the Philanthropic movement”, by Eric A Jackson JP.

Our guest speaker on the night will be Eric A Jackson JP, who will talk about “Model Villages and the rise of the Philanthropic movement”

Eric A Jackson JP is a retired magistrate and a local and family historian with a life-long interest in history, especially local and social history. He’s been actively engaged in family and local history for over thirty years and has written many articles for various publications on some of the subjects of his talks and runs a family history course for the Sherburn and Villages U3A.

He is a former trustee of the Federation of Family History Societies; a trustee of the Pontefract & Ackworth Almshouse Charity, past secretary of the Pontefract & District Family History Society and a member of Real Life Options.

Until 2016 he had been a magistrate for twenty four years and maintains a keen interest in the history of the office of Justice of the Peace and continues to be active in ‘Magistrates in the Community’.

He enjoys travel, meeting new people and talking to them on a wide range of subjects.

The talk details the transformation of England from a rural, agricultural society to an urban, industrial one with the concomitant population growth of towns and cities. How housing was provided in the cities, the rise of the slums, disease and premature death.

The inaction of government, the doctrine of ‘laissez faire’.

The construction of the first model village of New Lanark and the response of others.

The coming of the railways and railway worker’s housing, at Derby and elsewhere.

The industrialists and their villages: Titus Salt and Saltaire, Colonel Edward Akroyd and Akroydon.

The beginnings of the philanthropic movement, The Society for Improving the Conditions of the Labouring Classes, the Peabody Trust and others.

The Great Exhibition of 1851 and Prince Albert’s Cottages.

The later model villages, Port Sunlight, Bournville and New Earswick; the gestation of the ‘Garden City’ concept, ‘Homes fit for Heroes’ and Raymond Unwin’s part in the Tudor Walter’s Report.
The final iteration of the model village concept with the colliery village of Woodlands.

If you would like to take part in this, or any of FoWT’s future monthly meetings, you will need to register your interest. Once registered, we will e-mail you the details you will need to join the meeting on the night.

To register, Fill in the form on our FoWT Monthly Meeting page and we will do the rest. Once you are on our mailing list to take part in our monthly meetings, look out for our e-mail a few days before the meeting, which will give you all the details you will need to join the meeting.

You can see the complete list of the years talks on the 2023 Zoom Meetings page.

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