Voices from a disused quarry: An oral history of the Centre for Alternative Technology


Published by the Centre for Alternative Technology, 3rd September 2015

Voices from a disused quarry tells the story of a one-of-a-kind organisation: the Centre for Alternative Technology. Starting its work in February 1974 – in an era characterised by fear of imminent environmental collapse, nuclear Armageddon and energy blackouts – CAT has emerged as one of the UK’s most important exponents of practical environmentalism and a leader in environmental education and zero carbon research.

Allan Shepherd looks at CAT’s 40-year history through the lens of four broad themes: environmental quest, technical endeavour, sense of place, and community, conflict and co-operation. In turns humorous, heartfelt and challenging, the oral testimonies  of some of those closest to CAT (workers, members, friends and neighbours) offer an inside view of what must be one of the most interesting social and environmental experiments in modern British history.

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