The Summer of ’46 – The Squatters’ Movement


World War 2 saw the destruction of over 200,000 houses from the effects of bombing with a further 250,000 damaged beyond repair. Many families had been left homeless, often moving in with friends or relatives or being billeted by the local authorities with strangers. By the end of the war there were hundreds of thousands of displaced people living throughout the country. In the summer of 1946 hundreds of families occupied unused military bases and the Squatters Movement was born. This lecture looks at what forced these families into becoming squatters, what it was like for them, and where they ultimately ended up.

Case Study Migration Poor Social History Squatters Women