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'I was not aware of hardship': Foodbank Histories from North-East England

Lookup NU author(s): Jack Hepworth, Dr Alison Atkinson-Phillips, Silvia Fisch, Dr Graham Smith



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Foodbank Histories is a collaborative public history project that began with a basic premise: poverty has a past. Media reports often suggest that foodbanks have appeared suddenly in austerity Britain. But the poverty and inequality driving foodbank use have longer roots. By listening to, and sharing, the stories of clients, volunteers and supporters of Britain’s busiest foodbank, we aimed to challenge myths about food poverty and to understand more about its historical and social context. We believe that such understandings of the past revitalise democratic debate, guard against prejudice, challenge misapprehension and provide opportunities to look in new ways at enduring issues of historical injustice.

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Author(s): Hepworth J, Atkinson-Phillips A, Fisch S, Smith G

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Public History Review

Year: 2019

Volume: 26

Issue: 1

Pages: 1-25

Online publication date: 04/12/2019

Acceptance date: 14/06/2019

Date deposited: 08/07/2020

ISSN (print): 1833-4989

Publisher: UTSePress


DOI: 10.5130/phrj.v26i0.6687


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