Roles and Responsibilities in Housing and Health histories: Inspectors and Area Development and Redevelopment

As 2023 draws to a close and with so much bad news around housing, I am trying to finish on a positive note. In this post I have drawn together several pieces I have written for the wonderful Municipal Dreams blog https://municipaldreams.wordpress.com which celebrates the fundamental achievements in council housing and the commitment of so [...]

How can we better communicate the importance of housing history through the arts?

I am really pleased to host Josh Knowles' post this month including the lovely artwork he created during a recent creative histories session (details below). I think the arts define the history of housing and buildings. The art (and therefore) cultural ideas of a place are the lens through which we build and define the [...]

By |2023-02-21T18:05:37+00:00February 21st, 2023|Arts, Decline and Regeneration, Housing and History|Comments Off on How can we better communicate the importance of housing history through the arts?

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 [...]

By |2024-02-26T14:26:41+00:00May 4th, 2022|Garden Cities, Garden City Inspired, Housing and History, Suburbia|Comments Off on A quick guide to the development of Garden Cities and Suburbs

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

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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