New web resource portrays one hundred years of Scotland’s housing crisis

Living conditionsThe 100-year story of Scotland’s housing crisis has been depicted by an informative and educational online multimedia timeline, launched today by Shelter Scotland.

From the rent strikes and campaigning of Mary Barbour in Govan in 1915 and the slum clearances of the 1930s, to the emergence of high-rise flats in Aberdeen, Falkirk, Glasgow, Dundee and Edinburgh in the 50s and 60s, the timeline is a compelling look at housing in Scotland over the last century.

Scotland’s Housing Crisis timeline tells the story of destitution, overcrowding, bad housing and homelessness set against benchmarks of progress and improvements and the impact on people’s life-chances and wellbeing.

The timeline includes stark pictures of terrible living conditions, vintage black and white footage from the Pathé news library on house-building programmes and some harsh facts and statistics on today’s housing crisis.

Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland, said: “This is a fascinating look at housing in Scotland over the last 100 years and depicts all too clearly the utter destitution and suffering caused by bad housing and homelessness that was - and still is - being faced by thousands of people in Scotland.

“It shows us that great progress has been made in terms of legislation, support services and the quality of housing over the last century, but the stark reality is that we still have a long way to go, with many of the failings of the housing system that led to Shelter Scotland being formed in 1968 still existing today.”

Graeme Brown added: “This is a free online resource we think will be of use to anyone who has an interest in housing, social history and social justice in Scotland – in particular we think schools will find it informative and educational.

“We also hope that Scotland’s Housing Crisis Timeline will act as a fitting reminder of how things used to be and that, as the impact of new welfare reforms hit home harder on many of the poorest and most vulnerable in our society, we cannot be complacent about what still needs to be done.”

The Housing Crisis Timeline also includes an interactive map of up-to-date local and national housing statistics.


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