Buckley, C (2008) Moving home: From York to New Earswick. Studies in Decorative Arts, vol. XVI, no. 1, Fall-Winter, 2008-9, pp. 92–106
Drawing on research undertaken on the Rowntree family archives, Buckley's article explores how and why Seebohm Rowntree undertook his survey of York, what the influence was of his findings (published as Poverty in 1900), and why and how his thinking and the wider ideas emanating form the Garden City Movement and the Arts and Crafts Movement shaped the development of Rowntree’s model village New Earswick.
The article developed from research undertaken for the book Designing Modern Britain (2007), but drew on a wealth of archival research that could not be utilised for a book that was, in effect, an overview. It was also informed by Buckley's growing interest in the history of social policy, particularly regarding housing. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation archives, further private papers relating to the Rowntree family, and the various published papers, pamphlets and books of Seebohm Rowntree underpinned the research, which located the activities of the social reformer and activist Seebohm Rowntree within the context of the company philanthropy of his father Joseph, the increasingly sophisticated use of social surveys and statistical analysis, and housing reform and design. The research contributes to a more complex understanding of developments in public housing, social policy and the role that design played in this.