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Alistair Cartwright

Unhomely Properties: Rented Rooms and Visual Culture in Postwar London, 1946-64.

My research explores the cultural history of London's private rented homes in the twenty years after the Second World War, focusing on the paradoxically 'hidden' yet often hyper-visible space of bedsits, boarding houses, multiple occupancy properties and hostels, together with the welfare state's multiple interventions in this then declining tenure category. Films, maps, adverts and exhibitions generate resonances and dissonances that help open up this often overlooked area of postwar housing.

Supervisors: Professor Lynda Nead and Professor Mark Crinson.

Image: Door Buzzer Series 1.