Updated on: 24/02/2017
In 1937, George Orwell’s famous book The Road to Wigan Pier told middle class England the uncomfortable truth about how people in the north of the country lived.
He travelled from London to Coventry, Birmingham, Stourbridge, Wolverhampton, Penkridge, Stafford, Stoke on Trent, Macclesfield, Manchester, Wigan, Liverpool, Sheffield, Barnsley and Leeds, living in lodgings and hostels and attempting to live on working men’s wages, to shine a light on poverty and poor living conditions that negatively impacted the lives of so many.
To mark the 80th anniversary of that journey, The Wigan Pier Project is recreating the journey using 21st century technology to map what life is like in ‘Austerity England’.
In this article, Jo Davis, a first-year criminology student at Newman University, shares her experiences of becoming a mature student and her concerns about the cuts being made to adult education and wider services.
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