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 tribute to John De’Ath

We were sad to learn, from his granddaughter Lorraine, that John De’Ath was in hospital when we took a group from Lee Women’s Institute on a walk on 20th May which included a tour of his prefab garden. We learned later from Lorraine that her grandfather passed away on 22nd May 2017. John moved into…

Arcon MkV (archive Susan Wright)

One Arcon story

This is the story of an Arcon MkV prefab. We don’t know where it was originally located or who lived in it. Its journey starts as a dismantled prefab offered as Government surplus. Purchased by Tilhill Forestry, then based at Tilford in Surrey, the Arcon was brought into use as a bonded tobacco warehouse. Tillhill…

Prefabs in France

“Are there any post-war prefabs in France?” I am often asked this question. So here I am, trying in a few paragraphs to sum up what I know about post-war prefabs on the other side of the Channel. My first memories of them go back to the 80s when I used to see some on…

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 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 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…

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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