16mm film Black & White Silent 1935 0:00
Summary: The second part of an official film on the new need for public housing in Hackney and its provision.
Title number: 242
LSA ID: LSA/324
Description: Second part of film following the rehousing of Hackney residents from slum housing to new flats. In the first film the conditions they faced were revealed, they were moved out and many of teir personal items were fumigated. The following day the soft goods are tested to ensure that they are free of the hydrogen cyanide gas by the use of a chemical test. Items of bedding are not gassed but treated using steam disinfection. A van delivers bedding to an industrial scale laundry where it is placed inside large cylindrical pressurized steam chambers. Bedding that has been steam cleaned is reloaded into a van to be returned to its owners. Mattresses and bedclothes are carried into the flats at Banister House where the owners have been re-housed. The properties that have been emptied are fumigated to prevent the spread of vermin through the sale of old building materials. The fireplaces, doors, windows and airbricks of the houses are sealed and trays of cyanide crystals placed inside the rooms. A whole terraced row is seen emptied of people and taped up. The terraced row is later shown part demolished. The old Banister Street before the clearance of occupants and demolition is shown in still photographs of the front and rear of the properties. The new Banister House block of flats on the site of Banister Street is shown with panning shots, and statistics on its scale and occupancy are celebrated on screen - 160 dwellings, including 480 rooms housing 669 people. The film ends with shots of children playing in the communal central space of Banister House.
Keywords: Housing; Housing policy; Urban Planning
Locations: United Kingdom; England; London; Hackney