New exhibition to celebrate centenary of council housing in Croydon

Pic: Croydon Council

An interactive museum exhibition is commencing this summer in Croydon Clocktower to celebrate 100 years of council housing in the borough.

To celebrate the centenary, the council are seeking for people who have lived in a Croydon council house to share their stories, films and other memorabilia for the exhibit in August.

The first council homes built in the borough were in Godstone Road, Woodside and Norbury.

The key groups being rehoused included ex-servicemen, First World War widows and a growing commercial class, like postal workers and tram conductors.

Now housing officers and Museum of Croydon staff are compiling items, including photographs and rent books that will go on display at a commemorative exhibition.

Councillor Alison Butler, Croydon Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for homes and Gateway services told ELL: “So many Croydon residents have memories of growing up in council homes or visiting their families and our event is about marking this significant contribution to our communities.”

“This will be an event that not only celebrates our homes of the past but is a message about how important social housing is to our futures.”

To find out more and to provide contributions, contact: or call 020 8726 6100 extension 47350.

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