Report: Making Space Exhibition (Sheffield)

Making Space: an exhibition of squatting, trespass, and direct housing action. Union St Cafe at part of the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences. Sheffield, 5-10th Nov 2018. Squatting, trespass, and occupation have a long and radical history in the UK which is often overlooked, dismissed, or forgotten; yet parallels and shapes the way we think … Continue reading Report: Making Space Exhibition (Sheffield)

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Family Squatting Campaign, 1968

I recently finished Ron Bailey's The Squatters which was published as a Penguin special edition in 1973. The book is a first-hand account that captures one of the earliest attempts I have come across to build on the UK's post-war squatting movement and establish a formal squatting campaign in London, centering around four main aims: An immediate aim to rehouse … Continue reading Family Squatting Campaign, 1968

An Early History of British ‘Squatting’

If we take a broad definition of 'squatting' to mean more than the material occupation of private property without permission, then we might include within the lineage of squatting movements others examples where resistance has involved an intervention into public space and discourse. In this sense, squatting could be taken to include any direct action where … Continue reading An Early History of British ‘Squatting’

The Independent Republic of Frestonia

Throughout the sixties and seventies, a series of small groups were involved in housing campaigns that opted for a more militant ‘self-help’ approach than organisations like Shelter and Crisis who tended to negotiate with local authorities. The former saw squatting as a form of ‘direct action… that targeted the poor living conditions faced by many … Continue reading The Independent Republic of Frestonia