The Age of Emulsion: Paul Atkinson interview on the history of DIY on BBC Radio 4
An interview with Prof Paul Atkinson on the history of DIY is to be included in a broadcast on Radio 4’s Archive hour this weekend.
The 2008 BBC Radio 4 series ‘A History of Home’ has been remixed for Radio 4’s Archive hour slot this Saturday night. “The Age of Emulsion” featured Paul Atkinson’s interview with Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and Susan Marling for the series. Paul was invited to participate because of his research in ‘DIY and Democracy’.
The Age Of Emulsion is a story about our changing attitudes to housing, consumerism, national identity, sense of individuality, class, politics, and relationships between the sexes.
Starting from the 1950s, Laurence draws on a rich TV and radio archive to show how DIY went from being a necessity after World War II, to a wholesome leisure activity, to a fully-blown national obsession.
Paul Atkinson has published widely on design history, including guest editing a special issue on the subject of DIY from a design historical perspective in the Journal of Design History in 2006. More recent research has focussed on the world of DIY cigar box guitar makers