Almshouses - History & Architecture and the Birth of Social Housing (using Hull as a case study)
In this half-day course, Carol Kerry-Green describes two separate types of housing.
Part 1 - Almshouses
Carol looks at the history of almshouses, from their beginnings as hospitals for the sick in the 11th century. She traces the different types of almshouses, who founded them and who funded them. Carol shows how to find records of almshouses, if you discover an ancestor living in one, for example on a census return. She also looks at the varying architectural styles over the centuries.
Part 2 - Council Housing
Carol looks at the crowded slums, using the city of Hull as an example. She covers the beginnings of reform in the 19th century, including the new Improvement Acts, and by-law housing. Carol then turns to social housing, beginning with philanthropism, the Homes for Heroes movement after the 1st World War, and the upsurge in Council Housing in the inter-war years.