THE PREFAB MUSEUM

Welcome to the Prefab Museum – a website dedicated to Britain's prefabs.

Post-war prefabricated houses were supposed to last 10 to 15 years. The great majority exceeded this, but now the last remaining prefabs are disappearing. Fascinated by these lovely 'tin boxes' and how attached the residents are to them, I have been documenting British post-war prefabs since 2001. With their lifespan coming to an end, I have created this website to keep alive the memory of prefab life by gathering and sharing images and films, documents and stories, and encouraging discussion, research and projects about prefabs.

70 years of prefabs 1946 - 2016

This year we are celebrating the 70th anniversary of prefabs! We have a prefabs guided walk of Brockley and Nunhead on 4th June at 10.45 from Brockley station. The tour costs £5 per person payable in advance. There is no charge for accompanied children. Please book your place by emailing prefabmuseum@gmail.com payment via Paypal to elisabethblanchet@hotmail.com

Ivydale Road prefab

Ivydale Road prefab

Eddie O'Mahony, 1920 -2015

Eddie O'Mahony with Elisabeth Blanchet at the Prefab Museum, March 2014

Eddie O'Mahony with Elisabeth Blanchet at the Prefab Museum, March 2014

We are very sad to announce that our dear old friend Eddie O'Mahony passed away in Lewisham Hospital on 30th December 2015. The third family to move into their prefab on the Excalibur Estate in June 1946, Eddie spent nearly 70 years of his life there.  We will miss his support and enthusiastic participation in sharing his memories, helping us document prefabs and the Prefab Museum.

His passing marks the passing of an era, of a returning soldier who was initially reluctant to move to a temporary house having been billeted in various temporary huts in the Far East. When he and his wife made the long journey to North Downham and opened the door to Number 6 Persant Road, they fell in love with it and it remained his home until the end of his life. His neat and tidy prefab was the perfect home to bring up a family and grow old in. The estate is an emptier place without him. Rest in peace Eddie.

Jane, Elisabeth and Sonia, The Prefab Museum

ABOUT PREFABS

Part of the Temporary Housing Programme, more than 150,000 prefabricated buildings were erected all over the UK between 1946-8 to rehouse ex-servicemen and their families or bombed-out people. They were located on bomb sites and open spaces including parks, and were scheduled to last 10 to 15 years. They did much longer as hundreds of them are still standing, lived-in and cherished almost 70 years later. But most of them are under threat of demolition to be replaced by modern dwellings and flats, which in most cases are not reaching the standards of the 1946 luxurious bungalows!