Scope and Content

Contains:Research material relating to buildings, people and events 1958-1962 [ D ALC1-C4, C6]; notes of conversations with residents 1961-1963 [D AL C5]; houshold records 1962 [D AL C7-8] [CLOSED UNTIL 2020]; Notes relating to historical sources c1964 [D AL C9-C17]; draft chapters of Estate Villages: A Study of the Berkshire Villages of Ardington and Lockinge 1958-1964 [D AL F1-F7]; photographs of maps 1960's [D AL H1-H5]; Photographers Notebook Survey of the buildings in the parishes of Ardington and East Lockinge, Berkshire 1965 [D AL H6]; topographical and architectural photographs of Ardington and Lockinge 1960's [D AL H7]

Administrative / Biographical History

In the late 1950's in light of the huge changes occurring in the English countryside the Museum of English Rural Life at Reading University decided to do a complete survey of a rural community. The purpose of this survey was to record all facets of life in this community and show how it had developed over the years. The neighbouring villages of Ardington and Lockinge, near Wantage were chosen. They were selected because they were relatively close to Reading, had not yet been greatly effected by surburban development and had a population (around 600) and area (5547acres) which made a survey feasible with the resources available.


C1-17 Research Material

F1-7 Draft Copies of Work

H1-7 Photographs

Access Information

Open for consultation

Acquisition Information

Records deposited in April/June 1997 Accession Number DX234, DX455


Compiled by Caroline Gould, 26 November 2002

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