Eugene Byrne

Image of the remnants of an anti-aircraft gun position at Purdown, Bristol. Nearby military huts were squatted after the Second World War (credit: Eugene Byrne)

People's History

'Staking a claim': how the postwar housing crisis led to a mass squatting movement

After the Second World War, Britain faced an acute shortage of homes. The remarkable outbreak of civil disobedience that followed is being remembered as part of a two-month festival of working-class history in South Bristol.

30 years since the Hartcliffe riots

From homes for heroes to a housing crisis: a potted history of Bristol’s council housing