History and the Housing Crisis: A Discussion Event


The Applied History Network are pleased to announce their next event on History and the Housing Crisis to be held on  Tuesday 14 June 2016, 6.30 -8.30pm at the Marx Memorial Library. The event is free to attend but booking via our Eventbrite page is essential.

The Applied History Network notes, “We are currently in the midst of a housing crisis. House prices are on average seven times people’s incomes, and with the economic downturn repossession rates are soaring. In the private rental market rents are also soaring, especially in London, and at the same time one-third of private rented homes fail to meet the Decent Homes Standard. All the while the government continues to pursue the sale of council houses and housing association homes. Hundreds of thousands are pushed into homelessness, living in temporary accommodation or on the streets.”

This event will ask what the historical roots to the current housing crisis are, what historical solutions have been posed, and how we might tell the history of housing politics. Did past politics of rent strikes or squatting work, and do they work in the same way today? What solutions have past local and national governments pursued to resolve housing crises, and could these be pursued again? And why is it important to remember the history of housing today? Should we look to the past to think about what the future of housing politics in Britain might look like?

The panel members will each approach the topic from a different vantage point based on their experiences and will speak for 15-20 minutes each. After which, the discussion will be opened up for the next hour or so to include the floor.



Dr Lisa Mckenzie
Research Fellow at LSE

Gianmaria Givanni
Architect from Studio Givanni

Elena Carter
Archivist, Tavistock Institute andWellcome Library

Fourth speaker TBC


Event Info:

Date: Tuesday 14 June 2016

Time: 6.30pm-8.30pm

Venue: Marx Memorial Library, 37a Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0DU

Eventbrite: Register here

Website: Applied History Network

This event is supported by the Raphael Samuel History Centre


The Applied History Network is a group of PhD students, archivists, and early career researchers committed to politically engaged history. We put on regular evening events in London which aim to apply an historical perspective to contemporary events and debates.

The event grew out of conversations started at the ‘what is radical history?’ conference at Birkbeck in March 2015. In an effort to carry on these important debates, we put on free events every two months in central London.


Image credit: By Wouter Hagens (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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