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"A Quest for Harmony: The Role of Music in Robert Owen’s New Lanark Community"

by Davidson, Lorna (2010)


As owner of the New Lanark cotton-mills from 1800, Robert Owen carried out a social experiment designed to transform the lives of his community of millworkers, through improved living and working conditions, free medical care and education. He intended to demonstrate how his ideas, if universally adopted, could transform society in general. Central to this experiment was his innovative and enlightened system of education in the Institute for the Formation of Character. This article looks in particular at the musical life of …


Utopia, History, Historical Context, Welfare, Welfarism, Education, Music, Communitarianism


British History, Cultures of Work

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