Some of us recently went to a fabulous local event organised by the Now Heritage.
They did a great oral history project entitled The Story of the Croft, regarding a shared housing scheme in the 1960s for unsupported mothers and babies. This amazing work captured the stories of some of the women who lived in the croft. Please check their website!
Some additional information, taken from the Story of the Croft website:
“The Croft was a non-institutional shared housing scheme for unsupported mothers and their babies situated in two converted victorian villas in the leafy suburb of Alexandra Park, Nottingham. Established in 1966 by Ruth I Johns as the first initiative of the innovative ‘grassroots’ housing charity Family First, it offered a lifeline for women who might otherwise have become destitute due to the poor welfare provision of the times.
A room at The Croft – sometimes shared – gave a mother a safe place from which to plan the future for herself and her baby, and the non-judgmental practical support on offer was described by the Home Office as ‘revolutionary’ at the time.
This online exhibition is a growing resource of the stories and photographs of the first generation of women who lived at The Croft, and who – four decades on – can reflect on the positive role it played in helping them take control of their lives.
The film clips on this page feature a montage of reminiscences and reflections about life at The Croft. Real voices are complemented by a reconstruction of a typical day at The Croft performed by members of the Oral History project team.”