Share your memories of council housing to mark 100 year anniversary

A homes organisation in South Yorkshire is appealing for people to share their memories of council housing ahead of a centenary celebration.

Wednesday, 24th April 2019, 10:14 am
Updated Thursday, 16th May 2019, 3:46 pm
Council housing in Barnsley Samuel Square, Gawber in the late 1930s Image credit: Fred Wainwright

This year marks 100 years of social housing in the UK and to celebrate Berneslai Homes will be holding an exhibition in the new Barnsley town centre library in August.

Berneslai Homes are appealing to the people of Barnsley to share their memories of council housing in Barnsley with them over the decades.

Did you grow up in a council house? Have generations of your family lived in council housing? Do you still live in the Council house you grew up in? Are you the oldest council tenant in Barnsley? Did you help build council housing? Do you have photos you could share of you or your family/ friendsin your council home, garden or on your council estate?

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Berneslai Homes’ chief executive Helen Jaggar said: “We would love to interview tenants past and present, see their photographs and share their memories. We hope to involve as many Barnsley people as possible and think the exhibition could be something very special.”

The Addison Act (Housing and Town Planning Act 1919) made housing a national responsibility and gave local authorities the task of developing new housing and rented accommodation. It became better known as ‘homes fit for heroes’, as troops returning from action at the end of the First World War created a huge demand for homes in towns throughout Britain.

If you want to get involved and share your story then please contact Berneslai Homes on 01226 772 779 or email: [email protected]