The Moving Prefab

As 2016 marks 70 years of post-war prefabs, it is the ideal year to get our Moving Prefab travelling on Britain’s roads.

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Memories

Oral histories and photos, posts on local forums and comments on blogs, are often the only record that some prefabs existed at all and anyone ever lived in them.

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Map

Our prefab location map started life at the museum. We carefully mapped the prefabs people told us about in the visitors’ book and from the flags stuck in our map

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Moving Prefab exploration – a prefab in south London

A lovely morning with John De’Ath, prefab resident in Brockley, South London For the last year, Jane and I have been passing John’s very well preserved prefab on Drakefell Road once a month while taking enthusiasts on a Brockley-Nunhead prefab tour. Although we did spend a certain amount of time admiring John’s prefab from the…

Moving Prefab Museum – Chiltern Open Air Museum

On the hottest day of the year, 23rd August 2016, we visited Chiltern Open Air Museum in Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, as part of the Moving Prefab Museum summer events. Chiltern holds themed ‘Terrific Tuesdays’ during the school summer holidays, which was Make Do and Mend so very appropriate for the prefab! Chiltern is not…

Moving Prefab Museum Exploration – Ipswich Tarrans

While exploring locations of prefabs online earlier this year, we came across an article in the Ipswich Star from January 2014. A group of prefab residents had gained the support of their local councillors in Rushmere ward to renovate rather than demolish their homes. The article led to a blog post by Alasdair Ross, one…

Moving Prefab Museum Event – East End Canal Festival

Prefabs in the Park On Sunday 26th June 2016 we set up our prefabs stall and banner at the East End Canal Festival in London. The festival was organised as part of the East End Canal Heritage Project by Carolyn Clark and the Laburnum Boat Club, to celebrate 200 years of the rich heritage and…

Moving Prefab Museum Event – Rural Life Centre

A Sunday at the Rural Life Centre On the 3rd of July, we were invited to hold a prefab event at the Rural Life Centre in Farnham, Surrey. The sun was shining and apart from the usual Sunday rail disruptions, the day started very nicely and smoothly on the museum ground, surrounded by buildings and…

Moving Prefab – Memories, memorabilia and Archive

Prefabs in North London Terence emailed us on 9 July about his prefab in London NW5. “I have just discovered your excellent site which brings back many marvelous memories of my prefab i lived at number 59a [Dartmouth Park Hill] which was opposite the covered reservoir from 1946 to 1957 when it and the others…

Moving Prefab Museum Event – St Mark’s Church Hall, Excalibur Estate

This was our first event of the Moving Prefab Museum and Archive project. It was very exciting as we had been notified of our Heritage Lottery Fund grant only two weeks’ earlier, and had just been given ‘permission to start’! The Excalibur Estate is familiar territory for us, and we were fortunate that Patrick Jordan,…

Moving Prefab Museum Exploration – Wake Green Road, Birmingham, listed prefabs

              On 3 June 2016 we travelled to Birmingham to meet Lou from 20th Century Society West Midlands and Simon and Vicki from the Birmingham Conservation Trust. We visited the Grade II listed Phoenix prefabs in leafy, suburban Wake Green Road, Moseley. 16 were listed by English Heritage (now…

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