Prefab Memories on film
Click on the photos to watch and listen to prefab residents’ memories, illustrated with their photos.
Irene Ottaway lived with her family in an American prefab (UK100) in Willesden, London, from 1946 till 1968. She is sharing with us her prefab life memories. Catherine, Ben and Terence recall their memories of growing up in prefabs in Gospel Oak and Dartmouth Park, north London. We are in the process of captioning all the videos on Vimeo.
George Warren and his sister Olive Welfare grew up in a Uni-Seco prefab on the Isle of Dogs, London, and recall their memories, their Grandad moving in unexpectedly and weddings in the prefab. Andree and Pat came to see us when we brought the Moving Prefab to Avoncroft Museum, and shared their memories of growing up in an American prefab in Selly Oak, Birmingham.
June Kapitan, her husband and their son Jaroslav moved into a Tarran prefab in Ipswich in 1955 when Jaroslav was 4 months old. They lived there till 1964 and moved out after Jaroslav’s sister was born. In 2010, June came back to live on the estate – where there are still 142 prefabs standing up – in another prefab, very near the one she used to live in. Judith and Allen Sawkins grew up in an AIROH prefab in Farnham, Surrey, and were recorded at the Rural Life Centre. You can also listen to Allen and Judith talk about their prefab memories of Farnham in Surrey, on soundcloud.
Photographs Elisabeth Blanchet and the personal archives of the people who were interviewed. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.