About this event
Discover how our ancestors of 100 years ago led the way for transformation of housing across the country.
After the First World War, there was a revolution of housing across Britain. The population demanded better housing for all, more investment into council housing, and changes to mortgages – all of which brought into play a much bigger rethinking of housing provision that would dominate the 1920s and extend into the 1930s.
In this fascinating talk, Melanie Backe-Hansen, house historian and co-author of A House Through Time, will take us into the world of houses in the 1920s.
About the speaker
Melanie Backe-Hansen is an independent historian, writer, and speaker, specialising in the social history of houses across the United Kingdom. Melanie is a research consultant for the popular BBC programme, A House Through Time, and to accompany the series Melanie has co-written the new book, A House Through Time, with historian David Olusoga. She was series historical consultant and on-screen expert for Phil Spencer’s History of Britain in 100 Homes (More4) and in October 2021 was contributing expert for BBC Radio 4 series, A Home of Our Own. She is also the author of House Histories: The Secrets Behind Your Front Door and Historic Streets and Squares: The Secrets on Your Doorstep.
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A season of exhibitions, events and activities to celebrate the release of the 1921 Census of England and Wales.