Homes for Heroes 100: Council House Lives

Natasha Carthew, Sarah Crown, Lynsey Hanley, Kerry Hudson, Durre Shahwar and Joan Smith

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What was it like to grow up in council housing? What has been the long-term impact on residents? What can we learn from this for the new programme of council housing today?

We commissioned 21 writers and commentators to talk about their experience of living in council housing for the publication Homes for Heroes 100: Council Estate Memories. They talk about the stigma often associated with being a council tenant, but also what it was like to move to decent accommodation, usually after living in poor-quality housing; what security meant to them and their families; and the role of community. Speakers at this event include: Natasha Carthew, Lynsey Hanley, Kerry Hudson, Durre Shahwar and Joan Smith. Chaired by Sarah Crown (Director of Literature, Arts Council England).

This event is part of Homes for Heroes 100, a year-long programme run by Bristol City Council, Festival of Ideas and Bristol Cultural Development Partnership in association with Local Learning, Knowle West Media Centre, Sea Mills 100 and the Architecture Centre. It marks the centenary of the Addison Act, which introduced the modern council estate, and looks at the past, present and future of council housing. Activity is taking place across Bristol, especially in Hillfields, Sea Mills and Knowle West, and includes community projects, history projects, walking tours, exhibitions, new books and art works. It is funded by Arts Council England, Bristol City Council, Historic England (through their Heritage Schools Initiative) and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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