This screening is part of our archive-based project High Rise Low Rise.

The Northern Ireland Housing Trust was a mixed-religion public authority which provided public housing in Northern Ireland from 1945 until 1971, when its functions were merged into the newly created Northern Ireland Housing Executive. It managed many successful projects, including Rathcoole, areas of Craigavon and the Cregagh Estate, but even those areas had their problems in the tumultuous years leading to the Troubles.  We will show a few archive films from the 40s and 50s that describe the Trust’s plans and projects.

We will also hear from Professor Marianne Elliot, whose recent book Hearthlands charts the history of the Trust and shows how its vision helped transform working-class housing in the decades after World War II. This book will be available to buy at the event.

Marianne will give a keynote talk describing the history and legacy of the Northern Ireland Housing Trust.

There will be a panel after with Marianne Elliot, Helen McFarlane (Proper Tea Housing Co-operative), and Clare McCarty (Clanmil Housing, @Clanmilhousing). It will be chaired by Rebekah McCabe (@rebekahmccabe_)

This project is supported by the BFI Film Audience Network as part of Changing Times: Shifting Ground.