The Prefab Museum tells a story that resonates today and paints a picture of social, domestic, and working class life in Britain from 1946 to the present day.
The Prefab Museum is Elisabeth Blanchet and Jane Hearn. We both love prefabs, especially the post-war ones, built to last ten to fifteen years in 1946 but still standing today!
We love them because of their clever inside and outside design; their practicality; their modernism; their not-so-little gardens around; because of the communities they contributed to create, and the lovely residents who raised their families in them.
To us, and many others, prefabs are a national treasure – and probably Britain’s most successful social housing scheme – which is disappearing as the last prefabs are demolished and the oldest residents pass away. A national treasure we are determined to cherish, celebrate and remember.
The Prefab Museum started life in a 1946 post-war prefab in Catford, London, in 2014, inspired by photo-journalist Elisabeth Blanchet’s passion for and documentation of post-war prefabs and their residents in the UK since 2002. Welcome to the prefabulous world of post-war prefabs!
Our project The Moving Prefab Museum and Archive, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, will be travelling across the UK collecting and documenting memories and locations of prefabs still up and long demolished, creating a national archive for future generations.