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Wallpaper and Housing

I am delighted to host this post from Zoë Hendon, Head of Museum Collections, Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture.   Britain produced around 100 million rolls of wallpaper per year by the 1930s. Wallpaper was affordable commodity with prices ranging from a few pence per roll to several shillings, to suit the customer’s pocket. [...]

By |2021-04-26T16:38:49+01:00April 26th, 2021|Housing and History|0 Comments

Nick Hedges: Home

Nick Hedges really is the most astonishing documentary photographer. When I found that his book was going to be published, I just had to get a copy. Fifty year's on, his work for Shelter still provides impetus. You can read more about some of Nick's inspirations in his work here. I have worked in housing for [...]

Photo archives – discovering housing from the past

I was delighted to be asked to co-host Housing History Hour https://www.househistoryhour.co.uk on 4thFebruary at 7pm (GMT) and this post draws together more online resources that can be helpful to those wishing to learn more. Please click here to see the #HouseHistoryHour Moments from that event. I am constantly finding new resources and am putting [...]

How housing makes us feel: poetry about our need for decent homes

Amanda Gorman’s recital at Biden’s inauguration demonstrated once again the power of poetry and its value in communicating feelings that may otherwise be difficult to express, particular around power and powerlessness, hope or hopelessness and our sense of belief in being able to effect change, or not. This poet laureate has me inspired to finalise [...]

Learning from documentary type films

A previous post looked at some films related to housing, and this post focuses on historical documentary type films that help us to understand what has happened in the past in addressing poor housing conditions, in particular area clearance and redevelopment programmes. This is a complex subject, involving not only physical housing conditions and management, [...]

By |2021-05-03T18:27:47+01:00November 11th, 2020|Decline and Regeneration, Film, Housing and History|Comments Off on Learning from documentary type films

Covid -19 and home

Covid-19 and the lockdown have bought the meaning of home into sharper focus and has exposed inequality and inequity with great clarity. The meaning of home has shifted for all of us. Where concepts of home have been associated with security, autonomy, a basis for development and growth, this is not the case for all. [...]

By |2020-07-30T17:19:55+01:00July 30th, 2020|Uncategorised|Comments Off on Covid -19 and home

Housing and dignity: an inspirational quote

In a month which has seen an astonishing number of highs and lows, with many working tirelessly to help address the Covid-19 pandemic as part of and alongside supporting other things we value, it is important to draw inspiration and hope where we can. Many years ago I carried out some work on the post [...]

By |2020-06-29T08:15:05+01:00June 29th, 2020|Housing and Health Research, Housing and History, International Housing (Non UK)|Comments Off on Housing and dignity: an inspirational quote

Productive at home during lockdown

For many of us, gardening is not just a lockdown activity, it's always been an enriching part of our home lives. Now, with this glorious weather, and the strange concept that time has become, I appreciate and know how blessed I am to have a garden. But with this feeling of productive creativity, I am also [...]

By |2020-05-30T18:21:53+01:00May 30th, 2020|Uncategorised|Comments Off on Productive at home during lockdown

Covid-19: new meanings of home

We knew it was coming: we watched in horror as the Covid-19 revealed itself in Italy, then Spain. No one should be surprised with what is now happening in the UK. We have spoken to family, friends, heard their stories of themselves, their friends. These become our stories too. Everyone if affected. Everything is changing; [...]

By |2020-04-08T09:01:16+01:00April 8th, 2020|Uncategorised|Comments Off on Covid-19: new meanings of home

Beautiful housing

This month I'm doing nothing more than posting two pictures of a beautiful house, in this case William Morris' Red House, in Bexleyheath, Kent. As someone recently said, the arts are helping many people manage their days just now. Other news at the moment is too enormous to take in, so I hope this provides [...]

By |2020-03-30T21:26:32+01:00March 30th, 2020|Uncategorised|Comments Off on Beautiful housing
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