UWE seeks Bristol council tenants

Issue date: 09 May 2005

Issue date: 09/05/05

UWE seeks Bristol council tenants for ‘100 years of council housing’ exhibition

The University of the West of England is looking to talk to people who live in or have lived in council houses in Bristol. In 2005 it will be 100 years since the first council house was established so Bristol UWE and Bristol City Council are collaborating to mark the occasion with a special exhibition entitled ‘100 Years of Council Housing in Bristol’.

Exhibition organiser, Jennie Walmsley, is looking to talk to as many people as possible to gather stories and information. She said, “The exhibition will tell the story of council housing, and an important part of it is the memories of people who have lived on the estates over the years. If you have a story of your own to tell about anything to do with living in council housing we would like to hear from you. It might be recollections of growing up on an estate, or about moving into a brand new house. Whatever it is, we’re interested.”

Professor Peter Malpass, Professor of Housing Policy and Head of the School of Housing and Urban Studies at Bristol UWE is leading the project with colleagues at Bristol City Council.

Professor Malpass is providing the expert historical context, he said, “Bristol City Council has recently decided not to sell its council houses and to continue to provide a service that began in a very small way 100 years ago. ‘100 Years of Council Housing in Bristol’ will trace the development of council housing from early projects such as the flats in Mina Road, St Werburghs, through the ‘homes for heroes’ estates such as Sea Mills and Fishponds and on to the major building programme after 1945.

“By the late 1970s Bristol owned 47,000 council houses, the largest amount of any local authority in the south west – Hartcliffe alone was said to house as many people as Taunton. But then came the right to buy and a long period of decline. Now resources are devoted to regeneration of inner city blocks as well as suburban estates such as Horfield.”

If you have a story to tell about your experience or memories of living in a council house in Bristol please contact Jennie Walmsley, Project Assistant on tel 0117 328 3000 or e-mail jennie2.walmsley@uwe.ac.uk.


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