100 years of social housing

A century has passed since Liberal health and housing minister Dr Christopher Addison, who later joined Labour and served under Clement Attlee, signed the 1919 Housing Act.

The "Addison Act", which stemmed from a desire to give soldiers returning from the First World War somewhere decent to live, built 200,000 homes over three years.

At the Francis Crick Institute St Pancras last week where the spotlight was turned on ‘100 years of Somers Town’ convened by the estates amazing residents and Professor Esther Leslie, Owen Hatherley (Tribune) and the author of ‘Municipal Dreams’, John Boughton.

Don’t worry if you missed it as the residents have produced and excellent film of life on the Coopers Lane, Ossulton, Sidney, Aldenham, Wolcott House estates and more. One of the largest areas of social housing in London. There are plans to create a museum of social history which you may well be able to contribute towards.


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