People from across the city joined Portsmouth City Council to kick-start a year of celebrations across our council housing areas - 100 years since the first council housing was built.

Back in 1912, council officials unveiled a plaque commemorating the opening of the first council houses in Curzon Howe Road, Portsea. Those large modern properties had been built on the site of White’s Row; a former area of slum housing.

In 2012, Cllr Steven Wylie, at the time Cabinet Member for Housing, unveiled a special anniversary plaque on Curzon Howe Road to sit next to the original one. This was followed by some fun activities for guests and visitors, stalls and light refreshments. There were tours of the Groundlings Theatre, housed in the Old Beneficial school building, and a screening of Through the Decades: 100 years of history in 100 minutes. The grand finale saw fireworks light up the sky above Portsea. See photos from the event below. 

Capturing memories

This year of celebrations isn't just for Portsea, each area office will be talking to residents to capture their memories of living in council homes throughout the years. People will also be able to find out more about the history of the areas they live in.

If you live or work in any of the properties managed by Portsmouth City Council, you might enjoy downloading the slideshow in 'Associated Documents' below - a picture history of social housing in Portsmouth and Leigh Park. You'll see photos from early 1900s to the era of slum clearance, homes for heroes, the regeneration of housing areas designed and built in the 1960s, finishing with some of the accommodation provided today.

You can also download and read the special 100 years celebration issue of House Talk magazine.

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