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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How my passion for prefabs made me a calendar girl

I have always wanted to be a pin-up on a calendar. After all, that’s how Marilyn Monroe started her career… As I early realised I probably didn’t have the attributes nor the connections within the pin-up industry, I decided to give up the idea and focus on… prefabs. It was quite a niche, more than…

Mapping Britain’s post-war prefabs

I started plotting the online prefab locations map nearly two years ago, a couple of months after we closed the Prefab Museum in Catford in November 2014. The physical map on the wall in the hallway was smoke damaged and I had to rely on photos we had taken of it, entries in the visitors’…

AW Hawksley Ltd and the factory at Brockworth – guest blog

We would like to thank Paul Francis from the Airfield Research Group for contributing this report. AW Hawksley Ltd and the factory at Brockworth This article mentions the following companies, Armstrong Whitworth Development Company Ltd, AW Hawksley, Hawker Siddeley Group, Hawker Siddeley Transport Ltd, Armstrong Siddeley (Brockworth) Ltd, British Nylon Spinners Ltd, Structural and Mechanical…

Moving Prefab exploration: Le Chateau (de Crittall), and prefabs in Silver End, Essex

Down a rural Essex country lane is Silver End. The history of Silver End is a fascinating one, beginning in the 1880s when Francis Henry Crittall, the son of an ironmonger in Braintree, began to manufacture metal windows. The company became very successful, and in 1926 Silver End Model Village was established for factory workers…

Moving Prefab: A prefab weekend on Wake Green Road, Birmingham

As part of Birmingham Heritage Week, we were lent an empty Phoenix-type prefab on Wake Green Road, where there are still 17 lovely standing prefabs. Jane, Dave, Selim and I were here to welcome visitors to visit and discover the inside of the prefab, to enjoy our portable exhibition and to take part in it!…

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…

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