Homes built for rent by local authorities are a common feature of the modern Black Country landscape. They’ve been built over more than a century in the area and in 2001 for example they made up one in every four homes.
But despite their contribution to the area and influence on people’s lives, relatively little has been recorded about their history in the Black Country.
We want to try to put that right. Together with local tenants’ organisations, we are making a bid to Heritage Lottery Fund to support an investigation of the history of council housing in the Black Country by volunteer researchers. If successful, the grant would provide for free training and support for volunteers who take part. In return, volunteers will be asked to give some of their own time to contribute to the investigation.
You can help!
To support our bid, we are collecting details of anyone who might like to volunteer for the project. If you are interested please complete the form below. This allows us to stay in touch with you, but we’d also like to know which aspects of the history you’d like to investigate. We’ve suggested some to choose from on the form.
If you would like to stay in touch by email you can fill in the form online by clicking the button below. Alternatively, download the form as a Word or a PDF file, complete it and send it to our postal address here.
Our council housing project is supported by Sandwell Community Information and Partnership Service; Walsall Tenants and Residents Federation; Wolverhampton Federation of Tenants Associations; The Centre for West Midlands History; Wednesbury History Society; Wolverhampton Culture, Arts & Heritage Service