THE BLACK COUNTRY MEMORIES CLUB
The Early History of Stowlawn by Frank Sharman
Part 10 Credits and Sources
There is a lot of writing about Bilston’s efforts at council house building after WW2. Much of it concentrates on the exhibition and Neurath’s Isotypes. But the story is also important in other and more general areas and points which writers have taken up include the planning process generally, housing estate design, housing policy, public participation in decision making and so on. There are many books and articles which make at least a passing reference to Bilston at this time but it is only those more specifically concentrating on Bilston that are listed here. I have also not even tried to list the contemporary publications and radio programmes which mentioned this estate. Nearly all of the articles listed below will provide a plethora of references to other material, including the original sources.
- Peter J Larkham, “People, Planning and Place”, Town Planning Review, Vol
77, No.5, pp. 557 – 582
This has been the main source of information on
events in Bilston and is the most comprehensive account of the whole Venture
from the point of view of planning, housing and Bilston. The articles
mentioned below are mostly concerned with Neurath, his Isotypes and
- Sybilla Nikolow, “Planning, Democratization [sic] with Isotype, ca.
1954: a Study of Otto Neurath’s Pictorial Statistics with the Example of
- Michelle Henning, “Imagining Post-War Happiness: Otto Neurath and
Britain in 1945”, paper given at ‘After the War: Post-War strictures of
feeling’, Institute of English Studies, University of London, 2009
- Marco Amati, “Engagement and Exhibitionism in the Era of High Modernism:
the example of 1940s Bilston”, paper given at the 15th International
Planning History Society Conference.
- Pie Pedersen, “Visualising the Process of Transformation”, paper given
at the Design Centre Conference, London, 2012
- [Anon] “A Hard Fought Ship: Otto Neurath and Marie Reidemeister”: web
- [Anon] “Otto Neurath”: web page at
- Gunther Sander, “The German Human Climate and Its Opposite: Otto Neurath
in England, 1940-45”, pp. 67 – 85
- Daniel Lock, “Evaluating the 1946 Bilston Venture Exhibition: Visual
Education and Town Planning in Post-War Britain”, MA dissertation submitted
to Brighton University, 2013.
- Sabrina Rahman, “Happiness and Housing in 1940s Bilston”, Art and
Heritage, Jan-June 2014.
But thanks are also very much due to local residents who have provided
information and helped out in other ways. They include (with apologies for
inadvertent omissions): David Fitzgerald Plummer, Megan Fitzgerald Plummer, Tom
Larkin, Arthur Bullock, Gerald Hanrahan.