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 |2021-01-10T17:14:34+00:00November 11th, 2020|Decline and Regeneration, Film, Housing and History|0 Comments

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

Two artists and their homes

At a recent event I was reminded of the artist Georgia O’Keeffe, whom I knew to be American and prominent in 1920s modern art. Sometimes things seem to come back to you for a reason and unexpectedly, I also had Frida Kahlo on my mind, and her Blue House in Mexico. It prompted me to [...]

By |2020-02-25T06:13:29+00:00February 19th, 2020|Housing and History, International Housing (Non UK), Modernism, Modernist Inspired, Unique and Usual Places|Comments Off on Two artists and their homes

The Addison Act’s centenary year comes to a close

As the centenary year of the Addison Act comes to a close this post briefly looks at some of the events to mark and celebrate the occasion. We’ve already looked at the wonderfully creative work at Bristol, but other events have included conferences and guided visits to some Addison inspired estates. The tour of the [...]

By |2019-12-27T16:38:36+00:00December 24th, 2019|Garden Cities, Garden City Inspired, Housing and Health Research, Housing and History|Comments Off on The Addison Act’s centenary year comes to a close

Bristol: Hillfields Homes for Heroes project

I am delighted to post this with kind permission from Local Learning, whom I was lucky to meet at a recent event where we were both presenting. Their work creatively showcases the importance of Addison and his contribution to 'homes for heroes' centenary in the Bristol area, whilst demonstrating the importance of housing for all [...]

By |2019-11-09T07:51:24+00:00November 8th, 2019|Garden City Inspired, Housing and History|Comments Off on Bristol: Hillfields Homes for Heroes project

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 [...]

By |2019-08-13T14:40:42+01:00August 11th, 2019|Housing and Health Research, Housing and History, Uncategorised|Comments Off on Dr Addison and the Sanitary Inspectors

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 |2019-07-22T08:38:41+01:00June 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 |2020-06-29T08:17:44+01:00May 25th, 2019|Housing and History, International Housing (Non UK), Literature|Comments Off on ‘Top 10’ books about housing and home
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