All events take place at Watershed and tickets are ‘Pay what you can’. Booking is now open. There will be time for audience questions. Below is a breakdown of the fantastic sessions that will be running throughout the day. Note that the full festival runs from 16th-18th October.
Homes for Heroes 100: The Past, Present and Future of Council Housing
Greg Beales, Brett Christophers, Vanessa Kisuule, Anne Power and Paul Smith
The housing crisis is never out of the news, though action is always slow. In the year of the centenary of the council estate – which Bristol is marking extensively – what are the key issues facing housing and a new programme of council house building? Where are the new ideas? Is the land available? And can councils deliver what is needed? These three keynotes address these issues.
There will also be the premiere of the new film made by the Architecture Centre as part of Homes for Heroes 100 and a reading by Vanessa Kisuule (Bristol City Poet) of her poem for the centenary of the Addison Oak in Sea Mills.
Homes for Heroes 100: The Addison Vision Today
John Boughton, Madge Dresser and Simon Guentner
The Addison Act of 1919 introduced the modern council estate and allocated resources to building houses. Since then, millions of people have benefited from council housing. What was a great vision and an attempt to provide good and decent dwellings in a good society for middle- and working-class people, as well as create new communities, changed over the decades. Council housing began to be seen as a place of last resort for the poor, the quality of much housing began to decline, and right-to-buy saw the best houses sold and no new investment from the proceeds of this.
What lessons can be learned from this? And what lessons can be learned from other cities?
Homes for Heroes 100: The Crisis and the Need
Ken Gibb, Paul Hackett and Vicky Spratt
We are in the midst of a long-term housing crisis. The mass building of new houses is needed and council housing is part of this. But where are we now? What is the nature of the crisis? What role can council housing play? Where is the vision, locally and nationally?
Homes for Heroes 100: Council House Lives
Natasha Carthew, Sarah Crown, Lynsey Hanley, Kerry Hudson, Durre Shahwar and Joan Smith
What was it like to grow up in council housing? What has been the long-term impact on residents? What can we learn from this for the new programme of council housing today?
We commissioned 20 writers and commentators to talk about their experience of living in council housing for the publication Homes for Heroes 100: Council Estate Memories. They talk about the stigma often associated with being a council tenant, but also what it was like to move to decent accommodation, usually after living in poor-quality housing; what security meant to them and their families; and the role of community. Some of the authors will speak at this event.
In the evening there will be a showcase of the Homes for Heroes 100 projects. Details to follow.
The festival information stall on the first floor of Watershed will have free copies of the comic Homes for Heroes 100: One Hundred Years of Council Housing in Bristol, Homes for Heroes 100: Book of Walksand Homes for Heroes 100: Council Estate Memories while stocks last.