Leisure, memory and class in post-war Belfast
: A case study of the Templemore Avenue Baths

  • Rhianne Morgan

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


By using the Templemore Baths in east Belfast as a case study, this PhD thesis argues that class, gender, generation and ethno-national identity all played a crucial role in shaping people’s experiences and memories of leisure in post-war Belfast. A secondary argument of this thesis is that oral historians can play a key part in the development of community heritage projects. By interviewing local communities who are too often overlooked or dismissed by heritage professionals, this thesis asserts the pivotal role they can play in the heritage process as active agents and not just consumers. 

Thesis embargoed until 31 July 2027.
Date of AwardJul 2022
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Queen's University Belfast
SponsorsAHRC Northern Bridge DTP
SupervisorTom Hulme (Supervisor) & Olwen Purdue (Supervisor)


  • Leisure
  • history
  • class
  • gender
  • ethno-nationalism
  • heritage
  • oral history

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