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Children, housing and poverty in photographs

With thanks to the Childhood Trust for permission to use their mural above. Last month we visited the V&A and this month takes us to the Foundling Museum, not far from Kings Cross. Thomas Coram set up the original foundling hospital to take care of abandoned children in 1739. The hospital - or perhaps rather [...]

By | March 29th, 2019|Literature, Photography|0 Comments

The V&A, social housing and Robin Hood Gardens

One of the best things about living on the London underground is having such easy access to London's countless cultural venues and range of exhibitions. At first glance the V&A - a museum of art and design - may seem an unexpected place to host an exhibition about social housing. It's a small exhibition, but [...]

“Nothing is too good for ordinary people”

Lubetkin’s stairwell hovers like layers of propellers in the atrium at Bevin Court; it is nothing short of stunning. If this is not enough, in the entrance hall to this modernist council built apartment block, there is also a bust of Ernest Bevin and the Peter Yates' mural Day and Night, Winged Bulls. How must it [...]

Living with Buildings: Health and Architecture

The Wellcome Collection deliver some really good exhibitions and I have been to many over the years. This one is one of their best and it's on until 3rd March 2019. Living with Buildings: Health and Architecture  is good because it combines buildings with literature and art, so is right up my street for sure. The [...]

By | November 28th, 2018|Decline and Regeneration, Film, Housing and History|0 Comments

Dr Christopher Addison revisited

We finished last month’s blog with a book review urging that more be said about some of our great public health pioneers like Dr Christopher Addison. For someone who achieved so much, there is surprisingly little written about him although the Bodleian Library has catalogued his papers and speeches are available via Hansard. I first came across [...]

Book review: Pioneers in Public Health: Lessons from History

We were both surprised and delighted to receive a superb book review by Rosalind Stanwell-Smith, Honorary Senior Lecturer, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the Royal Society for Public Health's journal Perspectives in Public Health (September 2018, 138 (5) pp. 287). Several of the 'pioneers' selected had a profound influence on the history and development of [...]

By | September 18th, 2018|Housing and Health Research, Housing and History|0 Comments

Documentary photography and housing

I recently attended a documentary photography workshop. One question I had was how could I be braver about asking and taking photographs of people in their houses and then being able to use them for positive purposes? The tutor gave me a lengthy answer and the gist was about building relationships, building trust. There was [...]

At home with dementia

Recently I was lucky to be able to attend the opening of the Building Research Establishment (BRE) new dementia home and exhibition. Based on evidence (as indicated in the exhibition poster photographed here), this carefully designed building, its fixtures and fittings are helping us think more widely about the increasing numbers of us that will be [...]

By | July 20th, 2018|Housing for Older People|0 Comments

Two estates, two novels

There are two novels written about the estates we are thinking about in this post, as different in many ways as the estates themselves. The estates are very interrelated and mutually used but they are completely divided by a railway line. Locals tend to refer to each of the estates respectively as ‘over the other side’ [...]