Good Clean Fun: A Social History of Britain’s First Holiday Camp
Jill Drower, great-granddaughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Cunningham, has revisited the story of the Young Men’s Holiday Camp in Douglas, in the Isle of Man. The result is a book packed with information and pictures, with hitherto undiscovered facts about the Cunningham family and the enterprise that set the standard for Butlins, Pontins and other holiday camps that were to follow.
In the book Jill shows the links between living and working conditions in the early nineteenth century Liverpool and how these produced the philanthropic movement of which Joseph Cunningham was a part. She has traced the Camp’s origins back through her own family history to bread production in Paisley in Scotland, following the generations down to the family of bakers who sold bread to the boats. She follows the story from its beginnings before the ‘Toxteth camping trips’ in the 1890s, to the Camp’s sale after the Second World War.
With over 150 illustrations, the book is packed with new information about Cunningham’s and the rise of this ‘major national phenomenon’ called the holiday camp.