Teatime Talk: ‘From Mud Huts to Garden Suburbs: Workers’ Housing in the Docklands’
When: Wednesday 24th February at 7pm
Where: Online via Zoom
This talk will examine how workers housing in the Dublin docklands evolved, the social, economic and political changes that impacted the workers' lives and homes and what daily life was like for many of those who dwelt here.
With the expansion of the Port and arrival of the railways in the mid 19th century, a variety of housing types were built for workers and their families. These ranged from ‘traditional’ tenement style housing, employer owned cottages and some described as ‘little better than mud-huts’. Many of the houses were built quickly and were of low quality, with cramped homes squeezed into small streets and alleys. Soon, some of the worst conditions in the city could be found here. In the 20th century, the area would welcome a pioneering Dublin Corporation housing estate with innovative flat-blocks, as the de-tenanting of slum housing became a priority for the Free State Government.
This talk will examine how these housing schemes evolved, and the changing nature of life and living in the Dublin Docklands.
Book your place for this free online talk.