Dr Addison and the Sanitary Inspectors

As it’s the centenary of the Addison Act, it’s worth focusing once again on what housing conditions would be like if left entirely to the market and why properly funded council housing is essential if we are to ensure that everyone has somewhere decent, secure and affordable to call home. Each of these three terms [...]

Inspectors of Nuisance and Sanitary Inspectors: what they did for housing

I’ve written and presented a few times now on the Inspectors of Nuisance and Sanitary Inspectors and one reason for my interest is that they are the predecessors in my profession, environmental health. There has been very little written on the history of our profession in general, let alone in how they addressed living conditions. My [...]

By | June 17th, 2019|Housing and Health Research, Housing and History|Comments Off on Inspectors of Nuisance and Sanitary Inspectors: what they did for housing

‘Top 10’ books about housing and home

When I started this blog in January 2017, I mentioned two particular ‘housing’ books and I have since meant to write more, but events keep taking over and I have covered other housing things instead. It has always been clear to me that housing is not just about policy or conditions, but what housing means [...]

By | May 25th, 2019|Housing and History, International Housing (Non UK)|Comments Off on ‘Top 10’ books about housing and home

How very modern(istic)

Whilst some may criticise the ‘sameness’ of suburbia of the interwar period 1918-1939, looking more closely we can find numerous decent family homes set in landscaped places and some lovely examples of housing design history, especially those built during the 1930s. Development of suburbia was not of course an isolated event, but part of an [...]

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 [...]

By | February 21st, 2019|Decline and Regeneration, Film, Housing and History, Modernism, Modernist Inspired, Photography, Tower Blocks and Flats, Unique and Usual Places|Comments Off on The V&A, social housing and Robin Hood Gardens

Housing to cheer us

Now that it's cold and dark here and the news seems all doom and gloom, here's some of Entraveaux's housing in the Maritime Alps to cheer us all. If you're in that part of France, check it out, it really is beautiful with the shuttered apartments and impossibly narrow streets overlooked by the citadel, some [...]

By | December 22nd, 2018|Housing and History, Unique and Usual Places|Comments Off on Housing to cheer us

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|Comments Off on Living with Buildings: Health and Architecture

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 [...]

By | October 25th, 2018|Decline and Regeneration, Garden City Inspired, Housing and Health Research, Housing and History|Comments Off on Dr Christopher Addison revisited

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|Comments Off on Book review: Pioneers in Public Health: Lessons from History

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 [...]

By | August 16th, 2018|Decline and Regeneration, Housing and History, Photography|Comments Off on Documentary photography and housing