Early in May this year writer and journalist Lynsey Hanley, together with a producer from BBC Radio 4 came and interviewed me for a series of programmes they were planning about the history of social housing. I was glad to do this as Liverpool had a significant role in the early development of council housing.
Then a few weeks after our recording the Grenfell Tower Fire happened and in its still unfolding aftermath it seems more necessary than ever to look back at the history and development of social housing.
Lynsey’s programmes about this are being broadcast over the next week or so, here at this link on BBC Radio 4. The first programme is specifically about Grenfell, then the second goes back to the early days of social housing in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Which is where Liverpool and I turn up: