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The docks of London : from 1945 to the 60's

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Pauline St John

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Transcript of The docks of London : from 1945 to the 60's

Rebuilding the docks Part 2 : The docks of London after WW2 The situation of
this area
from 1945... ...to the 1960's There was a brief period of prosperity during the 50's but it didn't last a long time : it ended between 1960 and 1970.
Indeed, the docks seemed to be aged and not useful anymore. As time goes on, the docks were old and weren't useful anymore because commerce used more and more new technologies : containers, cargo system, air transportation, etc. Docks were closed in the 60s because they were empty, abandoned by marine activities and the population, they weren't adapted to modernity. London focused on rebuilding other buildings Some improvements happened for the dock workers : the creation of the National Dock Labour Scheme (1947). It imposed rules for the recruitment of the dock workers, for example, they couldn't been recruited in the pubs like before. But they weren't so many dock workers because the docks were closing. An irish dock worker in the 1950s The working conditions in the docks after the war A few new important constructions The Royal Festival (1951), a concert room, built on the Southbank. One of the first buildings created to attract people in the docks. Bought in 1969 by the London Council, situated on the north side of the Thames, next to Tower Bridge and The Tower of London. The majority of this area has been changed : we can now see some restaurants, shops, hotels, public and private apartments and offices. It is a touristic and living place nowadays. Created in 1969, it is located in the Wapping dock. It is a huge arts centre with restaurants, theatres, concerts, exhibitions, shops, etc. St. Katharine Docks, a touristic and living place The Barbican centre Different evolutions : from an ancient port devastated by the Nazi, it became an usefulness place the government didn't focus on, but some monuments have been created little by little, giving a more modern aspect to the old harbour. However, this is until the 80’s that it really has been redeveloped. More used websites :
http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk
http://www.history.co.uk
http://www.britannica.com
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