AGM/ Talk- The Social Survey of Merseyside by Liverpool University 1929-34

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The Athenaeum

12-18 Church Alley


L1 3DD

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Access is strictly limited to members of Liverpool History Society.

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This talk will start with our AGM followed by Dr M Lambert's presentation.

"Careful fact-finding, reforming zeal, and intellectual curiosity": the Social Survey of Merseyside, 1929-34

In 1935 a review of the Social Survey of Merseyside praised its 'careful fact-finding, reforming zeal, and intellectual curiosity'. The American reviewer felt that its three tomes - totalling more than a thousand pages in length - continued the legacy of the pioneer of modern social surveys: the Liverpool ship magnate and social reformer Charles Booth. Lauded in the local press as a 'Domesday book for Merseyside', the Social Survey captured life and labour in Liverpool during the tumultuous years of the Depression by surveying over one in ten households across Merseyside. The Social Survey, commissioned by the American philanthropic Rockefeller Foundation and undertaken by the University of Liverpool, was an immense undertaking of historical significance. After publication, the survey team continued to report into the 1940s, offering a range of radical recommendations at a critical juncture for the city. This presentation explores the origins, findings, and consequences of the Social Survey for Merseyside for the present day.

Refreshments (Tea and Coffee) will be available before the meeting at a cost of £1 (cash payment only)

The wearing of masks during the meeting is optional.

Please do not arrive in the Library before 11 AM

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