Stolen Paradise: the post-war squatting movement in Bristol

Event Details
Date: , 2022
Time: to
Location: Tobacco Factory
Price: Free
With: Eugene Byrne
Series: South Bristol History Festival
Page Details
Section: Events
Projects: Bristol Squatted
Subjects: Women
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Posted: Modified:
Squatters at the ‘White City’ PoW camp near Ashton Gate, August 1946

During the summer of 1946, thousands of British families took the law into their own hands to temporarily solve their housing problems by “requisitioning” empty military camps. This mass-squatting movement was rapid, spontaneous and entirely working-class in character. While it was often driven at ground level by women, the movement soon developed a formal leadership structure dominated by ex-servicemen who had served as NCOs and warrant officers.

Bristol, with particularly acute housing problems, and a large number of former British and US military sites in and around the city, was one of the leading centres of the squatters’ movement. Eugene Byrne examines the story of the 1946 squatters with reference to events in south Bristol and the stories of some of the families involved.

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  1. Hi, I am a PhD student interested in using this image for academic purposes.
    I wonder if I might find out about rights and access to it from someone at this site?
    Many thanks

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