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Voices from a Disused Quarry: An Oral History of the Centre for Alternative Technology

Biography / Memoir

By: Allan Shepherd (Author)

152 pages, 77 photos and illustrations

Centre for Alternative Technology

Paperback | Sep 2015 | #231533 | ISBN-13: 9781902175874
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Voices from a Disused Quarry tells the story of unique environmental organisation Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT). Starting its work in February 1974, in an era characterised by fear of imminent environmental collapse, nuclear Armageddon and energy blackouts, CAT has emerged as one of the UK's most important exponents of practical environmentalism and a leading centre for environmental education and zero carbon research. Author Allan Shepherd looks at CAT's 40-year history by using the oral testimony of those most directly associated with it: 63 workers, members, trustees, friends and neighbours. In doing so he has created the first in-depth historical analysis of what must be one of the most interesting social and environmental experiments in modern British history.


Introduction,Chapter 1: An oral history of the Centre for Alternative Technology, Chapter 2: Sense of Place, Chapter 3: Community, Co-operation and Conflict, Chapter 4: Environmental Quest and Technical Endeavour, Appendix A: Quote references,Appendix B: Photographic references,A brief timeline,Acknowledgements

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