Homes fit for Heroes Centenary Conference: Learning from 1919

Homes fit for Heroes Centenary Conference: Learning from 1919
18 Jul 2019, 10:00 to 18 Jul 2019, 17:00
Conference / Symposium
IHR Wolfson Conference Suite, NB01/NB02, Basement, IHR, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

To commemorate the centenary of the passage of the 1919 Housing Act and the Homes fit for Heroes programme that it inaugurated, the Learning from 1919 Steering Group in partnership with the Institute of Historical Research are pleased to announce a one day conference to be held at the IHR on the 18 July 2019. 

The conference will explore new historical perspectives on the 1919 Housing Act and the housing that was built under its provisions (and those of subsequent Acts in 1923 and 1924), which established the principle of state-subsidised social housing for the next 60 years, as well as wider themes in social/council housing policy and design across the centenary period, and look towards the future of housing in the next century. 


View the conference programme here

Evening panel event 
An evening panel event will follow the conference. The panel will comprise a wide range of speakers, including those currently involved in the design and delivery of housing in the public sector as well as housing activists and commentators. Tickets cost £5, including a wine reception. Click here for more details. You can add a ticket to the evening event to your conference booking via the 'Book Now' button below.

Walking Tours
A collection of walking tours have been organised to illustrate social housing in London for Friday 19 July.  If you are interested in booking on to a tour, click here.

The Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain has generously provided funds to facilitate attendance at the conference by registered students, ECRs, and independent researchers. If you would like to apply for assistance in paying for the conference fee and/or travel please send an email to  This should include a short case for support and an outline of costs. An email in support of your request must also be sent to the same address by your institution (or equivalent). These should be received no later than 14 June 2019.  


The Learning from 1919 Steering Group comprises Dr Elizabeth Darling (Oxford Brookes University), Dr Michael Passmore (University of Greenwich), Prof Mark Swenarton (University of Liverpool), Dr Matthew Whitfield (Historic England) and Matthew Bristow (IHR).

Scientific Committee:
Cany Ash (Ash Sakula Architects), John Boughton (Municipal Dreams), Sue Brownhill, Oxford Brookes University), Martin Daunton (University of Cambridge), Richard Dennis (University College London), Emily Gee (Historic England), Miles Glendinning (Edinburgh College of Art), Peter Guillery (Survey of London), Tanis Hinchcliffe (New York University in London), Peter Malpass (University of the West of England), Elizabeth McKellar (Open University), Alan Murie (University of Birmingham), Julia Park (Levitt Bernstein), Simon Pepper (University of Liverpool), Lou Rosenburg (University of Edinburgh), Peter Shapely (University of Bangor) and Pat Thane (King’s College London).

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Image: Ceremony held on the 1st July 1922 to commemorate the erection of 166 dwellings on the Bethnal Green estate by Bethnal Green Borough Council.  Reproduced by courtesy of Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives


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