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Goodnight Campers! : The History of the British Holiday Camp

Ward, Colin, Hardy, Dennis
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Five Leaves Publications
Published: August 31, 2010
ISBN: 9781905512089
186 pages, Photographs


This highly illustrated book traces the development of the British holiday camp from its origins a century ago through the 1930s and 1940s pioneer camps to the golden years of the Pontin, Butlin and Warner camps of the 1950s and 1960s. Holiday camps declined with cheap overseas travel but are now making an unlikely comeback. Goodnight Campers! captures the memories of the glory years when holiday camps offered a promise of freedom, health, family fun and an enticing hint of romance. Dennis Hardy brings the story up to date.

Colin Ward is the author of over thirty books on utopian history and unofficial uses of the countryside. He died in 2010, resulting in obituaries in every single broadsheet and specialist journals ranging from architecture to transport. Dennis Hardy is Professor of Utopian History at Middlesex University. Together with Colin Ward he has written Arcadia for All: the legacy of a makeshift landscape. His other books include Alternative Communities in Nineteenth-Century England; Utopian England and books on the New Towns.

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