Prefabs in North Derbyshire

In 2005, I was contacted by a prefab enthusiast, Graham Burton, who lived in a prefab in North Wingfield, North Derbyshire. Passionate about the prefab he had bought in the 90s, he had collected lots of information about prefabs, their history, their location … He had found out about my documenting work on prefabs through…

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…

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,…

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