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Join us on Monday 25th November for the Leeds Civic Trust Annual meeting when John Boughton returns to take us through a social history of council housing, which will include references to Leeds. Whereas John’s talk in Leeds during Heritage Open days focused on “bricks and mortar” this talk will consider the social backdrop to the rise and fall of Council housing in the UK.

Council housing is back on the agenda in the centenary year of the 1919 “Homes for Heroes” Housing Act. The Trust unveiled a plaque to remember RAH Livett, the Leeds Council Officer who masterminded over 30,000 dwellings across the city, and today the Council has ambitions to develop a new generation of council housing – with the Goldsmith Street Council Estate winning the RIBA Sterling Prize, it is a great time to consider look back at the last century and understand what this tells us about what our future ambitions should be.

Our Speaker: John Boughton is a well known social historian and activist, whose book Municipal Dreams: the Rise and Fall of Council Housing was published by Verso in April 2018. He has published in the Historian and Labor History and gives talks on housing to a range of audiences. He is involved in a number of housing campaigns and lives in London, blogging at municipaldreams.wordpress.com.

The talk will be preceded by the Trust's AGM which begins at 5:45pm sharp, with business completed by 6:30pm. Refreshments and canapes will then be served prior to John's talk, which starts at 7:15pm.

Please let us know if you plan to attend the AGM, the talk or both by reserving your place.

A photographer will be present with images used for future Trust publications - please notify the signing-in desk upon arrival if you do not wish to be photographed.

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