The landmark event that saw large scale council estates spring up across Sheffield was the introduction of the 1919 Addison Act, which enabled local authorities to develop new high quality housing for working people.
The 1919 Addison Act enabled local authorities to develop new high quality housing for working people. Sheffield’s big expansion started in the 1920s with new homes at Norwood, Brushes and Stubbin.
Tenants and residents have helped bring the past to life with their own memories and photographs of growing up on council estates in the city. See the video below to hear some of their memories....
Last year we started our celebrations to mark a centenary of council housing in Sheffield
- Lots of people helped to make this event a success including tenants, residents, Tenants and Residents Associations, and partner organisations such as Heeley Development Trust and Sheffield Hallam University.
- Many tenants and residents helped bring the past to life by sharing their own memories and photographs of growing up on council estates in the city. We showcased as many of these as we could at the exhibition.
- Alongside the centenary celebrations, our Lord Mayor hosted a special thank you event for some of our oldest and longest standing tenants.
- We invited centenarian tenants along with those who have been in their council homes for over 65 years. Our dozen attendees had over 700 years of Sheffield City Council experience between them!
- If you missed it or want to have another look, you can now view all the photos at Picture Sheffield.
We are supporting a national campaign which aims to remind people that social housing still provides ‘homes for heroes’ and challenge the negative perceptions some people have of council estates.
There are lots of ways you can pledge your support and even share your story with others.
If you would like to celebrate the centenary in your community, why not apply for a Community Fund grant to get your project off the ground.
You might decide to have a street party, photographic exhibition or produce a booklet or video capturing the history of council housing where you live.
In 2018/19, just over £70,000 was shared across Sheffield’s 28 electoral wards by organisations that work with council tenants, or in and around council housing estates.
To find out more call us on 0114 20 53907.
All old photos and map - courtesy of www.picturesheffield.com