Only recently introduced to the concept of leisure, Dutch society has seen its physical and spatial landscape changed by free time, vacations, and the very idea of fun. Through interviews with designers, administrators, business people, sociologists, and academics, as well as unique photographic essays, this important, contemporary, and by no means uniquely Dutch phenomenon is worked through.
The wonderfully evocative and poignant photographs in this book show our forebears at their leisure. The introduction of shorter working hours and bank holidays in the late Victorian era meant that for the first time many working people had time on their hands, away from the grind of daily life. In 1938 the Holidays with Pay act created the first statutory right to paid holidays and led to the growth of what we now know as the leisure industries .This book shows how people, often in their thousa