Swedish house front view

SWEDISH POST-WAR PREFABRICATED HOUSES, a narrative by Neil Midgley

By the end of World War Two there was a severe shortage of housing in Britain. Under the Housing (Temporary Accommodation) Act 1944, the Ministry of Works was to provide 500,000 ‘Emergency Factory Made’ (i.e. prefabricated) homes to tackle the shortage. In fact, only around 160,000 were built including a number of Swedish Baltic pine…

Prefab Museum survey – what do you think?

For our Heritage Lottery Fund project The Moving Prefab Museum and Archive we want to find out what you think about it. The project has taken the Prefab Museum to different parts of the UK, working with museums with prefabs and community/voluntary organisations. We have collected, recorded and shared memories of prefabs from these events…

Previous locations of Prefabs in Southampton

Pete emailed us about locations of prefabs in Southampton in early July 2017. He grew up in a prefab at 51 Valentine Avenue, Sholing, on the Pleasant View estate. We already had some prefabs marked on our map, but there were many more to come from Pete! “I married a girl who previously lived in…

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…

33 & 34 Millcroft Estate, Pool-in-Wharfedale

Swedish Post-War Prefabricated Houses – location list (updated 6 December 2017)

Prefab Scouts – help needed! Neil is compiling a location list of Swedish post-war prefabs (sometimes known as Swedish or Swedish timber houses). He grew up in a Swedish house in Pool-in-Wharfedale, Yorkshire, which is still in his family. You can read Neil’s narrative about Swedish houses here and an abridged version in the latest issue of…

Physical map at the Prefab Museum

Mapping Britain’s post-war prefabs

I started plotting the online prefab locations map nearly two years ago, a couple of months after we closed the Prefab Museum in Catford in November 2014. The physical map on the wall in the hallway was smoke damaged and I had to rely on photos we had taken of it, entries in the visitors’…

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…

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…