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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Lucie Glasheen


PhD Student

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 2745
Room Number: Bancroft Building, Room 2.11


PhD research

Playing with Space in 1930s East London

My PhD aims to look at the ways that new urban spaces were imagined, conceived and represented in London in the interwar period, and how children’s play and play space interacted with projects of slum clearance and building a new metropolitan space. I will explore the extent to which different cultural forms, including children’s comics and magazines, documentary photographs, autobiography and film, offered the possibility of change to urban public spaces through their engagement with children’s play. I am jointly supervised by Geography and Languages Linguistics and Film.


Academic background

  • MA London Studies with distinction (2014), Queen Mary University of London
  • BA (Hons) Literature and History (2010), University of East Anglia

Conference presentations

  • “‘The Casey Court House Builders’: Slums, regeneration and changing urban space in 1930s children’s comics”, European Association of Urban History Conference, August 2016.
  • “Bombsites and adventure playgrounds: playing with urban space in Hue and Cry”, European Association of Urban History Conference, August 2016.
  • “’Possibilities of play’: the place of children’s play space in transforming 1930s East London”, Children’s History Society Conference, June 2016.
  • “‘Kids…thousands of them, all over’: Moving between public and private urban space in The Story of the Treasure Seekers and Hue and Cry” London Literary Conference (July 2014).




  • COM5010/6010 Grand Tours: Nineteenth Century Adventure Stories for Young Readers and Their Twentieth Century Afterlives, Sem B 2017.
  • Demonstrating includes GEG4106 Reinventing Britain (fieldtrip); GEG4004 Research Methods for Geographers.


Research Interests:

East London, children’s play, playgrounds, children’s literature and film, urban studies, cultural historical geography, utopias, interdisciplinarity.