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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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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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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Swedish house front view


By the end of World War Two there was a severe shortage of housing in Britain. Under the Housing (Temporary Accommodation) Act 1944, the Ministry of Works was to provide 500,000 ‘Emergency Factory Made’ (i.e. prefabricated) homes to tackle the shortage. In fact, only around 160,000 were built including a number of Swedish Baltic pine…

Where I lived when I was a kid, a poem about prefab childhood by Paul Kennedy

  Paul Kennedy grew up on Pilgrims Way in Wembley between 1950 and 1962. In 2015 he wrote Where I lived when I was a Kid, a moving poem about his prefab childhood. He kindly agreed to share it with the Prefab Museum and all our readers. Here it is, followed by bits of information…

A cup of tea at The Prefab Museum by Keara Stewart

We invited artist Keara Stewart to write about her experience at The Prefab Museum when it was at 17 Meliot Road on the Excalibur Estate, Catford. She was a devoted volunteer who contributed with her lovely presence and also with designing The Prefab Museum logo as well as the successful tea towel starring ex-prefab resident…

Prefab Museum survey – what do you think?

For our Heritage Lottery Fund project The Moving Prefab Museum and Archive we want to find out what you think about it. The project has taken the Prefab Museum to different parts of the UK, working with museums with prefabs and community/voluntary organisations. We have collected, recorded and shared memories of prefabs from these events…

Memories of growing up in a prefab in Clock Face, St Helens

Terry contacted us with vivid memories of his family prefab in Clock Face, St Helens. He was told there was no information about them in the local archives. We thank Terry for contacting us and sharing his memories with us: Clock Face was a small coal mining village on the South Lancashire coal field near…

Previous locations of Prefabs in Southampton

Pete emailed us about locations of prefabs in Southampton in early July 2017. He grew up in a prefab at 51 Valentine Avenue, Sholing, on the Pleasant View estate. We already had some prefabs marked on our map, but there were many more to come from Pete! “I married a girl who previously lived in…

Prisoner of war mess huts

The Moving Prefab at Eden Camp – and an unexpected discovery!

Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum is located in Malton, North Yorkshire and is a fascinating place to visit. In use as a prisoner-of-war camp from 1944-9, the site was used for grain storage until the mid 1980s when the owner, local businessman Stan Johnson, intended to build a crisp factory on it! He was…

A day celebrating prefabs on the Excalibur Estate

            The Excalibur Estate has always had a special place in our hearts. Jane and I have been working, photographing, filming, walking, talking (a lot), laughing and even partying on the estate for years and even decades. Although we never lived there, we have developed a deep and personal attachment…

“Those were the days my friend…….” Sam Webb, RIBA©

When I woke up on 6th June 1944 it didn’t seem like a special day. There was no radio in those days with a continuous stream of unfolding news and you couldn’t see the sky from our kitchen window. Switching the radio on was a special event. It was normally rationed for important events like…

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