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Tim Lund

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06-03-2014 01:17 PM

17 Meliot Road, Catford, SE6 1RY

Launch party 8 March, 1:30 pm till 6 pm

The Prefab Museum

8 March till 1 April

Have you, or your family or friends ever lived in a prefab? Photographer Elisabeth Blanchet, who is documenting London’s biggest prefab estate, is holding an exhibition of her photographs, films of residents’ interviews and memorabilia in a prefab in Catford’s Excalibur Estate.

Thousands of prefab houses were built across bombed-out London after World War II to help alleviate the housing shortage for returning servicemen and their families. Since then, most of the capital’s estates have been knocked down and Excalibur is set to be bulldozed and replaced by modern housing later later this year.

Originally built by German prisoners of war in 1945 and 1946, six of the 187 bungalows have received Grade-II listing. The remainder of the estate will be demolished, along with its tin-roofed prefab church, St Mark’s, believed to be one of a kind.

Come and visit the estate before this unique slice of 20th-century social history disappears for good. You will learn about the fascination history of these tiny bungalow and meet some residents who have lived in the prefabs for a long time. The exhibition will also feature the work of other photographers and artists – Jo Cooper, Nick Davis, Nadège Druskowski, Cath Dupuis, Jane Hearn, Harriet Mcdougall, Rob Pickard, Alex Pink, Lizzy Rose, Keara Stewart, Lucia Tambini - who are fascinated by prefabs too.

Elisabeth is inviting members of the press, anyone with experience of prefab living, as well as any prefab enthusiasts to come to the exhibition opening on the 8th of March.

Join her on Saturday, 8th March, 1.30pm-6pm, at 17 Meliot Road, SE6. The exhibition will run until
1st April.

or/and for the following events:

  • Saturday 15 March: Tour of the Excalibur Estate, 2.30-4.30 pm
  • Saturday 22 March: Archive Tea Party, 3.00-6.00 pm
  • Saturday 29 March: Talk with English Heritage expert Julian Holder, architect Ian Abley and photographer Elisabeth Blanchet, 2.00-4:00 pm
  • Saturday 29 March: Closing party, 4:30-9:00 pm

To see a selection of photos : [url]

Find out more on the FB page:

Elisabeth Blanchet



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