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Exciting research on community life in Glossospdale is being shunned by commuters, according to Dr Martin Phillips from the University of Leicester, who is coordinating the project. Glossop's commuters have been claiming to be "too busy" to contribute to the study, which looks at how life in Glossop has changed since the 1950s.
The Glossop Gazette is appealing to Glossop commuters to help Dr Phillips and his team, which also includes researchers from the universities of Cardiff and Edinburgh. More details of the project and how everybody in Glossopdale can contribute in the next thrilling issue of Glossop Gazette.
In the 1950s, as part of a larger study of communities in Britain, a group of academics came to study Glossop and found a small, distinct, largely self-contained community, two-thirds of whose residents had been born in the town and most of whom worked in what remained of its manufacturing industry. Their account was published in 1959, entitled Small Town Politics.
Sixty years later, the population has doubled, only a third of the workforce is employed in manufacturing, and most workers commute out of the area. Is Glossop still a distinct community with its own identity, or has it just become another suburb of Greater Manchester? A new team of academics from Leicester University is now in the area looking at what's changed since the 1950s, and is interviewing local residents to find out what effect these changes have had on life in the area and what community, if any, they now see themselves as belonging to.