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Post-war Tourism in the Tendring District and Beyond: The Rise of the Holiday Caravan Park, c. 1938-1989

O'Dell, Sean Michael (2016) Post-war Tourism in the Tendring District and Beyond: The Rise of the Holiday Caravan Park, c. 1938-1989. PhD thesis, University of Essex.

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Abstract

This study addresses the history of the static holiday caravan site in Britain. Commercial holiday camps, such as Butlin’s and Warner’s, have been seen by many to be the epitome of UK post-war working-class holiday making. But despite some shared characteristics and developmental roots, it is argued that static caravan sites were and are essentially a separate phenomenon, and this study analyses how they quickly became a significant and substantial aspect of post-war domestic tourism. This study also demonstrates that unlike commercial holiday camps, they spawned organically as a result of the agency of the post-war working-class, who were empowered by a growing sense of confidence, assertion and economic security, against the vision of the state-approved holiday camp model. Arising as they did as an affordable and more individualistic alternative (despite strict planning legislation that in its formulation had no concept of their future development), it is shown that static caravan sites continued to develop (with the benefit of key legislation) in a way that was not in many respects typical of other aspects of UK domestic tourism in the second half of the twentieth century, but did reflect wider patterns of working-class consumerism. This study also argues that as a major aspect of domestic tourism, static caravan parks did not follow the well-documented pattern of decline experienced by many domestic resorts and holiday forms, but exhibited a distinct tendency to adapt and change in a way that allowed manufacturers and parks to offer an up-to-date and enticing product in times of economic growth as well as times of recession. This has resulted in the static holiday caravan park becoming a significant aspect of British domestic holiday making.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > History, Department of
Depositing User: Sean O'Dell
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2016 16:14
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2016 16:14
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/16419

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