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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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,…

Moving Prefab Museum Exploration – Wake Green Road, Birmingham, listed prefabs

              On 3 June 2016 we travelled to Birmingham to meet Lou from 20th Century Society West Midlands and Simon and Vicki from the Birmingham Conservation Trust. We visited the Grade II listed Phoenix prefabs in leafy, suburban Wake Green Road, Moseley. 16 were listed by English Heritage (now…

Moving Prefab Museum – Prefab Scouts and prefab locations

Sid who regularly contributes to our Facebook page was passing through Stoneleigh in Warwickshire when he came across two types of prefab opposite each other, and shared them with us! The single storey Tarran prefab is currently used as a changing room, and the Swedish Timber prefab is still lived in. Maybe you can help…

Moving Prefab Museum Archive – submissions and puzzles!

This photo was emailed to us by John via a friend on 6 July 2016. He wanted to know what sort of prefabs they are. They were in Martin Avenue, Mountsorrel, Leicestershire. This is what he said: “Attached a scan of an original negative showing a section of the old Martin Avenue, Mountsorrel. (The roads…

Welcome to the Prefab Museum

The Prefab Museum was inspired by photo-journalist Elisabeth Blanchet’s passion for and documentation of post-war prefabs and their residents in the UK since 2002.   Elisabeth began by documenting prefabs in Peckham, south London, and then all over the UK.  An exhibition in 2013 at Photofusion in Brixton, accompanied by walking tours and archive tea…

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