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 [...]

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

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 |2019-04-26T19:06:04+01:00February 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

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 |2019-01-19T07:46:25+00:00November 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 |2018-11-17T15:38:37+00:00October 25th, 2018|Decline and Regeneration, Garden City Inspired, Housing and Health Research, Housing and History|Comments Off on Dr Christopher Addison revisited

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 |2018-08-17T07:00:11+01:00August 16th, 2018|Decline and Regeneration, Housing and History, Photography|Comments Off on Documentary photography and housing

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’ [...]

By |2018-06-19T21:17:16+01:00June 10th, 2018|Decline and Regeneration, Deco Inspired, Film, Garden City Inspired, Housing and History, Literature, Suburbia|Comments Off on Two estates, two novels

I love you will u marry me

Several years back I was listening to Radio 4 and by chance there was something on about Park Hill, an estate I had then recently visited because I was in Yorkshire. A man had called in to the radio show saying that is was he who had sprayed the “I love you will u marry me” [...]

By |2018-05-21T20:07:45+01:00April 12th, 2018|Decline and Regeneration, Housing and History, Modernist Inspired, Tower Blocks and Flats|Comments Off on I love you will u marry me
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