Commissioned by the Ministry of Information and scripted by Dylan Thomas, this film addressed the need for town planning in Sheffield in the post-war world. It features two men who discuss pre-war slum clearance and town planning.
This film shows the post-war slum area of Park Hill in Sheffield before it was demolished to make way for the modern Park Hill estate.
The Park District was the first redevelopment scheme undertaken by Sheffield City Council after World War II, and it was selected because it contained some of the oldest outstanding slum clearance orders. Most of the area was cleared in the 1950s and was to be replaced by the new Park Hill Flats completed in 1959. The film shows some of the housing conditions in the Park Hill area of Sheffield before large scale slum clearance. It is made up of five reels, and some of the footage is repeated in the different reels.
Work began on the Park Hill Project in April 1957, and the first dwellings were handed over on 4th November 1959. The project was completed by the end of 1960 and it was formally opened by Hugh Gaitskell on 16 June 1961, housing over 3,500 people. The following film contains footage of the slum areas which were to be cleared as part of the Park Hill Development Scheme.
Park Hill was Sheffield City Council’s first redevelopment scheme after the War. Work began on the site in April 1957, and it was formally opened by Hugh Gaitskell on 16th June, 1961. The film shows the Park Hill Flats in Sheffield shortly after the completion of their construction as well as the first stage in the development of Hyde Park Flats.