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Homes Under Pressure Conference / Ada Chesterton and Homeless Histories

For those I spoke to yesterday at the ‘Homes under pressure‘ conference (Histories of Home Subject Specialist Network) / Homes of the Homeless: Seeking Shelter in Victorian London exhibition (on until 12 July), at the Geffrye Museum (and anyone who might be interested), here are links to my Voluntary Action History Society article blog on journalist Ada Chesterton’s early 20th century investigations into life for homeless women in London during the mid 1920s. My Underworld Archaeology blog has longer, and more varied,  articles on this topic (under search ‘homelessness’).

The exhibition & museum are both certainly worth a visit – I’ll hopefully find time to write something about the conference and exhibition on the Underworld Blog; and on the Past Sense Project website. I’ll also soon upload a summary of my conference paper to the PSP site, and possibly a copy including the pages I skipped (due to shockingly over-running: sorry to all who were there, especially JB). These pages discussed how we’re hoping to use Victorian & early 20th century household artefacts, buildings and landscapes for archaeology workshops in domestic violence refuges.

For the exhibition visitors who asked me about why I was taking photos: thanks very much for taking the time to listen to my ramblings – it’s really great to bump into anyone interested in the topic.

LIPCAP 2014 1930s House Open Day

LIPCAP Xmas Open Day 2014
Last year, one member of the Living in the Past Community Archaeology Project (LIPCAP) team held a Christmas open day by inviting members of the public to view her home: a house built in the late 1920s – early 1930s, which is dressed for Christmas with vintage decorations. Photos from the 2013 1930s House Xmas Open Day are displayed here.
Over the last four years, the layers of wallpaper, paint, and floor coverings of more recent decades have been removed to reveal original décor and fittings, which the project director is archaeologically investigating and recording (some information on the findings is available on another blog – under ‘Lymehurst’). These early features are being restored, and period fittings and furnishing reinstated,  in order to gain an impression of the domestic environment in the inter-war years. The restoration (which is still a work in progress) provides a backdrop to display early – mid 20th century artefacts, as well as Christmas decorations of this date.
Though most visitors today might find the décor far from ‘tasteful’, it is proving a useful exercise to experience such an environment. (The interior of this ‘cottage-type’ house differs in many ways to the ‘moderne’ interior of the time. Whereas many find what is now commonly described as ‘Art Deco’ styles attractive – of which we’re familiar through period dramas such as ITV’s Poirot – the materials, dark colours, and ‘traditional’ styles that filled many homes at the time are generally seen today as undesirable, making the more ‘homely’ furniture, furnishings and other household objects – which now fill Lymehurst – is now commonly categorised as worthless junk.).
We are holding another Xmas Open Day this year, on Sunday 21st December, 2-4pm, giving visitors to the house the opportunity to step back in time to Christmases of yesteryear. Changes since last year include reinstatement of paintwork in the hall and old kitchen.
We would especially welcome elderly visitors that were children in the 1920s and 30s, to hear their memories of housing and Christmastime before WWII.

Disabled Access

Although as a private house there are no facilities fitted for disabled visitors, we will endeavour to provide access where possible. There is a single step into the building; the open day is limited to ground floor rooms (where restoration is most complete), which with the exception of a door-mat well, is level (with removable door treads).
It may be possible for elderly or other visitors with disabilities to visit the house at times other than those advertised for public access: please contact the project for further information. See below for parking information


 map red dot
Location: red dot (Google Maps)

Signs & satnavs

If using a Satnav, be aware that they tend to get confused by the different sections of Newton’s Walk, and often try to send cars along the foot-path at the back of Markeaton School!
The old signs to Broadway church lead to West Park Road, although there is no longer access to the church.

From Kedleston Road:

Turn into the Broadway (junction near to the Jonty Farmer pub), taking the immediate right into old Kedleston Road, then 2nd left into Cedar St. Continue straight on over the crossroads, into Woodland Road. The first left turn is West Park Road; no. 1 is on the left hand corner with Woodland Road.

From Duffield Road:

Turn into Broadway at the Broadway pub roundabout on Duffield Road, and continue down the road until the bottom of the hill; take the second left into Sherwin St. (just before the junction with Kedleston Road), continuing to the top of the road, following the road around right at the WI into Newton’s Walk, then first right into Woodland Road. The first left turn is West Park Road; no. 1 is on the left hand corner with Woodland Road.


There is only very limited parking near to the house, restricted to residents with permits. The house may be reached by a short walk along the footpath (Newton’s Walk, next to the pedestrian crossing on Broadway, near to the Baptist Church, marked in grey on the map above). Should a visitor with disabilities need to park near to the house, please contact the project, and we will try to organise access to an off-road parking-space next to the house.
Please do not park in the church car park without prior permission: it is not a public car park.


Event posters (jpg at top of page and pdf below) can be downloaded by right-clicking on the image & selecting ‘Save As’

LIPCAP Xmas Open Day 2014

Countdown to At Home in WWI Exhibition: 7 days to go!

Less than a week to go now until the exhibition! Still lots to do, but we have more to show now after the preparations began in March.

We hope to include information on Mr Grundy – after whom the pub ‘next door’ to our exhibition venue is named, where this WW1 soldier lived after the war. One of our volunteers is working on a display that brings together the information already gathered by staff on Mr Grundy – to whom we’re very grateful for his kindness in not only sharing this information with us, but also for going to the trouble of getting copies ready for us.

We also hope to provide displays on a few local people – some ancestors of those involved with the exhibition – who served in the Great war; we are fortunate in being permitted to display some *fantastic* photos from the period, which I really look forward to seeing printed out, as well as other mementos and keepsakes.

LIPCAP 1930s House Christmas Open Day 2013 Info.

LIPCAP_1930s_Xmas_2013_Online_PosterThis weekend (Sunday 22nd December, 2013, 2-4 pm) LIPCAP is hosting a free event: 1930s House Christmas Open Day.

This is a private domestic residency, open temporarily so that members of the public interested in the early 20th century household, domestic material culture, and late historic archaeology – and of course Christmas nostalgia! – can see part of the house restorations, look at the old decorations, and learn about Living in the Past Community Archaeology Project.

More info. on the house & it’s renovation can be found here.

We would ask visitors to park nearby in Broadway, as parking is limited for local residents. If visitors have disabilities that limit mobility, it may be possible to park nearer to the house for a short time, although unfortunately this cannot be guaranteed.  If disabled parking is essential, please telephone ahead, and we will see what we can to to accommodate needs.

Please also be aware that there are steps into and within the property, and as the property has not been adapted for mobility access (i.e. the doors are standard width) we are uncertain whether wheelchairs will fit through internal doors; also much heavy furniture or immovable limits access. If this is likely to cause problems for visitors, please contact us to discuss how we might enable access, and we’ll do the best we are able, with the resources at our command.



Public participation: LIPCAP Study Areas

The LIPCAP study areas are illustrated below (for larger versions of the maps, click on the images). Residents of old houses (dating to or before the late Victorian period and early 20th century) within these areas – in the listed streets (thanks very much to Dave and Louise for this) – can take take part in the project.

Maps that indicate the location of houses dating to this time, and details of the different ways to participate, will soon be posted.

If interested in taking part, but not living in an old house, there will be other ways to do so – details to follow soon.

Eligible streets (within the study area Boundaries depicted below)

Allestree Village Little Chester West End Friar Gate – Ashbourne Rd Area
Ashberry Court Alfreton Road Brick Street Arnold Street
Charterstone Lane Camp Street Bridge Street Ashbourne Road
Corn Hill Chester Green Road Brook Street Bass Street
Derwent Avenue City Road Cowley Street Bright Street
Duffield Road Derventio Close Eaton Court Brough Street
Gisborne Crescent Etruria Gardens Elms Street Campion Street
Kings Croft John Lombe Drive Kedleston Street Cecil Street
Lime Croft Kirk Street Kings Meade Close Cobden Street
Main Avenue Mansfield Road Leaper Street Colville Street
Mulberrys Court Mansfield Street Leyland Court Cooper Street
Park Lane Mapleback Court Leyland Gardens Cross Street
Park View Close Old Chester Road Leyland Street Etwall Street
Poplar Nook Seale Street Little Bridge Street Findern Street
Riddings Lodge Lane Frederick Street
Robin Croft Road Mackworth Road Friar Gate Court
Rydal Close Mill Street Granville Street
Siddals Lane Mundy Close Handford Street
St Edmunds Close Mundy Street Hawke Street
The Poplars Nuns Street Hayworth Street
West Bank Road Parker Close Howe Street
Parker Street James Close
Quarn Street Langley Street
Quarn Way Larges Street
Redshaw Street Leake Street
Searl Street Lloyd Street
St Helens Street MacKenzie Street
St Johns Terrace Manchester Street
Walter Street Markeaton Street
Watson Street Morley Street
Watson Street Napier Street
West Avenue Noel Street
White Cross Gardens Payne Street
White Cross Street Peach Street
William Street Peel Street
Willow Row Plimsole Street
Ponsonby Terrace
Pybus Street
Radbourne Street
Selwyn Street
Shaw Street
Sims Street
Slack Lane
Slater Avenue
South Street
Stable Street
Stanley Street
Stepping Close
Stepping Lane
Surrey Street
Uttoxeter Old Road
Vernon Street
Wild Street
Windmill Hill Lane
York Street

 Maps of project study areas:

Allestree Study Area

Study Area 1: Allestree Villge

Little Chester Study Area

Study Area 2: Little Chester (dot = case study ‘No. 8’)

West End Study Area

Study Area 3: West End

Friar Gate - Ashbourne Road Study Area

Study Area 4: Friar Gate – Ashbourne Road Area





















Secret History of Midland Streets

Live in an old house or street in the Midlands / South Yorkshire and enjoy BBC’s ‘Secret History of Our Street‘? Why not find out more about your house and street with the LIP Project?!