Let in Light
Socio political examination of housing stock and principles
“Let in light and sunshine to the dwellings of the people, and with the light will come health. Without health there can be very little happiness.”
Count Derby, 1912.
The Count and Countess of Derby officially opened Eldon Grove, situated close to Liverpool’s docks, in 1912 with an altruistic vision of offering Liverpool’s workers decent housing centred on community.
Although the seemingly utopian vision of ‘let in light’ was a ploy to ensure productivity and ultimately profits, conversely, it did offer a strong foundation for community development. Liverpool Corporation became an innovator in its social housing policy.
Subsequent housing policies have taken us from boom to blight. Housing stock has moved into tenant management, private ownership with the right to buy or been allowed to dilapidate ahead of European financed regeneration.
This body of works seeks to examine a selection of locations in Liverpool that reflect upon the management of the people and the spaces of the city past, present and future highlighting triumphs, failures and short sightedness within society both physically and metaphysically in the treatment of people and place, acting out local governmental practice and central governmental policies.