Running alongside the Home Truths season, we are proud to bring you this packed programme of events supported by Heritage Lottery Fund including talks, debates, exhibitions and film nights to explore the state of housing today and the history behind it.
All events with the exception of the creative symposium are free but require advanced booking. Please check the What's On for individual listings for events still coming up.
Programme of events:
Social Housing Walking Tour: Sat 22 April 2:30pm- 4:30pm starting at Cardboard Citizens HQ
Led by the social housing historian behind the acclaimed blog Municipal Dreams. Weave through the streets of Whitechapel and Tower Hamlets on this tour that will uncover the hidden stories of social housing, hostels and temporary abodes.
Home Truths Film Nights: 4 May & 9 May Doors at 6pm at London College of Communication
Two film nights exploring history and current stories around housing and homelessness. Cardboard Citizens have collated submissions from film-makers, suggestions from housing and arts sector professionals, and their own digging in the archives to bring together a mix of fiction and documentary films about social housing and homelessness in London over the last 60 years, all the way up to the present with recent new films and tasters made for the Reel Homes short film competition.
Public Talk: Professor Will Alsop, Tue 23 May 7pm at The Doodle Bar, 60 Druid Street, London SE1 2EZ
RIBA Stirling Prize Winner and acclaimed architect, Professor Will Alsop, will lead a public talk and debate focusing on the role of architects and architectural Departments within Local Council Authorities in post-war Britain. He will consider what freedoms architects were given and how those freedoms changed. What were the results of architectural experimentation within county departments and how did their work towards an ideal greater than themselves contribute to solving the post-war housing crisis?
The Doodle Bar is a bar and events space where people have the freedom to enjoy a good scribble, play a game of ping pong, have a drink and peruse the market.
Cardboard Citizens invites you to a day-long creative symposium with activists, artists, lobbyists and arts organisations to consider the role of theatre and the arts in combatting the housing crisis, and explore how the past has influenced today’s situation.
It’s been a year since Cardboard Citizens teamed up with Camden People’s Theatre to host the first Creative Symposium, and in that time more has changed than we could have guessed. Bringing together theatre makers, activists, historians and academics, this day of intervention combines practical workshops, creative presentations and interactive sessions led by those working on the frontline of the housing crisis. Read full details about the Creative Symposium here. Places for this year's symposium are £5 each.
As part of the Home Truths festival, Cardboard Citizens and the Museum of Homelessness is teaming up and inviting visitors to the plays to explore some Raw Truths about housing and homelessness. Inspired by the themes in the Home Truths play cycles, this series of intimate conversations will open up some of the big questions about how our society responds to homelessness.
Throughout May and June, everyday objects and unexpected stories will be a springboard for discussion and debate about what we haven’t learned from the past and what we could do differently in the future. We will share stories of resistance, cruelty and compassion drawn from the museum’s current State of the Nation research, and also invite visitors to contribute their own. These sessions will last no longer than an hour.
Inspired by the themes and ideas of Home Truths, Cardboard Citizens is also teaming up with the Museum of Homelessness to curate an experience that will include a display of archival items and stories and live performances. Touring hostels and day centres, this interactive experience will also include objects lifted from the MoH’s State of the Nation project – a snapshot of homelessness and housing issues in 2017.
Pre and post show Home Truths events at The Bunker
The Home Truths Festival of Heritage Events runs alongside Home Truths, Cardboard Citizens’ season of new work at The Bunker.
These events are free but you must have a ticket to see the performance if you would also like to attend the show. Book at www.bunkertheatre.com
5 May: Professor Nicholas Crowson Post Show Talk at 9.45pm-10.15pm
'"Wot no houses?" The summer of 1946 and the Peoples' Rising
In 1946 the Second World War concluded but politicians and their electorate were left facing the considerable challenges of reconstruction. Nowhere was this more apparent than with housing. By the summer of 1946 10s of thousands of ordinary people had had enough of waiting for a political response. This is a forgotten story of how the British people took matters into their own hands and sort to resolve the housing crisis for themselves.
When Homes Became Investments, 11 May 5.30pm-6.30pm at The Bunker, 53a Southwark Street London SE1 1RU
Housing is our national obsession. In just over 100 years ‘we’ have gone from being a nation of renters to a nation of proud homeowners. If Michael from Home Truths’ The House With The Yellow Front Door is one of the lucky ones, what about the rest of us?
Over half of England’s net worth is now bound up in housing equity. In 21st century London, it seems like almost every other building is fair game for luxury flat developments, including former social housing estates and precious cultural spaces like the Joiner’s Arms and Madame Jo-Jo’s.
This session explores the impact of this on everyday lives. Featuring a contribution from Dan Glass – an award winning writer, cabaret performer, human rights campaigner and LGBTQI+ activist – we will explore raw truths about right to buy, social cleansing and the steady erosion of places we call home.
Cardboard Citizens will produce an account of the heritage covered during the Festival, including photographs, oral histories, archive materials and historical summaries. This PDF will be uploaded to this website in the coming months and shared with arts and housing sector partners as a future educational tool.