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A quick guide to the development of Garden Cities and Suburbs

I've long been interested in the development of Garden Cities and #HouseHistoryHour (28 April 2022) offered the opportunity to share some of this information, now available as Moments and forming the basis of this blog. The Garden Cities movement was a response to poor housing in polluted cities and created healthier living environments. The movement [...]

Flats 2: The Albert Hall Mansions

Following my last post on Flats! I joined #househistoryhour to present a session called A Brief History of Flats. It was during this that @EllenCLeslie flagged up some other flats: the Albert Hall Mansions; although I knew the area, I did not appreciate their historical significance as part of how we would live looking forward. [...]

Flats!

Happy new year to everyone. This post has in fact been in the making for years – further delayed by Covid-related workload – as I have tried to collect my thoughts and fill in gaps and it can still only scratch the surface of understanding something about the history of flats. Some flats and indeed [...]

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|Comments Off on Wallpaper and Housing

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 [...]

By |2021-05-03T18:34:13+01:00March 31st, 2021|Decline and Regeneration, Housing and History, Photography|Comments Off on Nick Hedges: Home

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 [...]

By |2021-02-11T18:23:53+00:00February 2nd, 2021|Decline and Regeneration, Housing and Health Research, Housing and History, International Housing (Non UK), Photography|Comments Off on Photo archives – discovering housing from the past

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 [...]

By |2021-05-03T18:42:48+01:00January 29th, 2021|Housing and History, International Housing (Non UK)|Comments Off on How housing makes us feel: poetry about our need for decent homes

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
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