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Prefab Post Issue 3, December 2016

Prefab Post Issue 3, December 2016 – all about Birmingham’s prefabs! Click the photo to read

We invented the “Moving Prefab” concept after we lost – to a criminal fire – the physical Prefab Museum we had for seven months in an original post-war prefab in Catford, South London. Instead of prefab enthusiasts coming to us, we decided to go to them and to places linked to prefabs! We come with our prefab knowledge to give talks, run tours, organise events like archive tea parties, exhibitions… And we come to enrich our archive by collecting more documents, recording and filming prefab residents (or ex-residents) happy to share their stories with us, to train people in archiving and oral history and of course to meet like-prefab-minded people!

The Prefab Museum has been awarded support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the project The Moving Prefab Museum and Archive, from May 2016 to November 2017. This exciting project will bring the Prefab Museum to venues and museums across the UK where we will collect stories, photos and memories for a national archive of prefabs! If you are interested in being involved in this project there are lots of opportunities, from volunteering at events, archive workshops and oral history, to seeking out prefabs past and present in your area or coming to say hello at our events. We would like to thank all the prefab enthusiasts who have been so encouraging and supportive!



Recording oral history at Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings 23-24 July 2016

Recording oral history at Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings 23-24 July 2016

Moving Prefab Museum exhibition at the Rural Life Centre 3 July 2016

Moving Prefab Museum exhibition at the Rural Life Centre 3 July 2016

In May 2016 we embarked on our prefabs roadshow which marked 70 years of post-war prefabs. Watch our video,  and read the Moving Prefab Museum and Archive leaflet. You will be able to read, see, listen to and watch our prefab adventures and shared stories and photos on the Memories page and in the Prefab Post quarterly newsletter, Issue 2 and Issue 3 are available to view and download. We make regular and guest blog posts on prefab-related topics and welcome suggestions for articles and features in the Prefab Post. The next issue will be published in April 2017. Our events for 2017 are listed below, and we will update when we confirm more.

Date and time Event Location
13th April 2017


Evening talk at the Village Hall, Rural Life Centre. Please contact the centre for details.


Reeds Road, Tilford, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 2DL


6th May 2017

11:00 – 15:30

Joint event with ‘Capturing the Spirit – Community Archive for Paulsgrove and Wymering’ Highslopes Community Centre, Carlton Road, Porchester, Fareham PO16 8JH


13th May 2017

11:00 – 16:00

Friends of the Island History Trust Open Day St John’s Community Centre, Glengall Grove, London, E14


1st July 2017

10:00 – 17:00

Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum. Museum entry fee applies. Malton, North Yorkshire YO17 6RT


16th July 2017

10:00 – 17:00


Rural Life Centre

Museum entry fee applies.

Reeds Road, Tilford, Farnham, Surrey GU10 2DL
23rd September 2017

10:00 – 17:00


St Fagan’s National History Museum Museum entry fee applies. Cardiff CF5 6XB


3rd October 2017

14:30 – 17:00

Talk at Silver End Heritage Society. Please contact the society for details. Silver End, Witham CM8 3QF

The Moving Prefab Museum and Archive Project from The Prefab Museum on Vimeo.


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