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London County Council Architect's Department: sociological reports, 1951-1957

Identifier: PJM/LCC/D/6

Scope and Contents

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.


  • Creation: 1951-1957


Language of Materials

This material is in English

Physical Description

3 files

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.

Biographical / Historical

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) .


From the Sub-Fonds: 3.5 metres