London County Council Architect's Department: sociological reports

Scope and Content

A set of 35 sociological reports written by Margaret Willis for London County Council's Architect's Department. The reports are based on primary research conducted through questionnaire and survey work and report on a number of factors which would influence housing design and amenity provision. There are different editions or drafts of some of the titles, and some include original photographs or are typescript. Subjects cover a wide range of issues, including: social surveys, high rise buildings, provision of laundries, and play-areas, open spaces and heating, and architectural design.

There is also some associated correspondence and paperwork relating to the creation of these reports.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sociological reports provided essential material and data for planning any neighbourhood. These would include information about the community, their housing, occupations and places of work, membership of churches and clubs etc. London County Council Architect's Department had its own sociologist, Margaret Willis and often also consulted Dr Ruth Glass and John Westergaard of the Association for Planning and Regional Reconstruction. Willis produced a number of reports including: Play Areas (1951 ), Living in High Flats (1951 ) , Maisonettes (1952 ).

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


List of sources for the administrative history:

Jordan, Robert Furneaux, New standards in official architecture, Architectural Review vol 120, no 718 pp 303-324(November 1965 )

Johnson-Marshall, Percy, Rebuilding cities, (Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press , 1966 )

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