Braintree & Bocking Prefabs (and Hutton) – guest blog post by Braintree historian Mike Bardell

Mike Bardell contacted the Prefab Museum by email on 10th October 2017. He had met someone who had been to a talk and offered to write about prefabs in Bocking and Braintree, Essex for our project. The copyright of aerial photographs belongs to Michael Bardell, Braintree, Essex and acknowledgements must also be made to Simmons…

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…

Memories of growing up in a prefab in Clock Face, St Helens

Terry contacted us with vivid memories of his family prefab in Clock Face, St Helens. He was told there was no information about them in the local archives. We thank Terry for contacting us and sharing his memories with us: Clock Face was a small coal mining village on the South Lancashire coal field near…

“Those were the days my friend…….” Sam Webb, RIBA©

When I woke up on 6th June 1944 it didn’t seem like a special day. There was no radio in those days with a continuous stream of unfolding news and you couldn’t see the sky from our kitchen window. Switching the radio on was a special event. It was normally rationed for important events like…

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…

Mystery prefabs – can you help us locate them from this list?

Can you help us solve these prefab mysteries? We are tidying up the map prior to making it better, and taking out the prefab locations that we haven’t been able to verify. In the two years since we started we have mapped over 90,000 post-war prefabs of the 156,623 erected under the Temporary Housing Programme…

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…

Swedish Houses in Leverburgh, Harris, Scotland, October 2012

Prefabs in the Outer Hebrides

The first time I went to The Outer Hebrides was in May 2009. I remember perfectly. I was there for work. We were shooting a story on minks for a French TV channel. I was smitten by the beauty of the place and by its diversity: long and wild beaches, mini fjords, standing stones from…