I love getting emails from readers (this section isn’t meant to put you off!), but I thought this might be useful and hopefully save people some time.

Can I use one of your photos on my website / in my magazine?

The majority of photographs on LLCH are mine (unless otherwise stated). I am happy for you to use any photographs online, but please link back to LLCH and credit properly.

If you would like to publish any pictures in print, please email me for a high-res version.

Can you help me get access to X estate?

No, probably not. If you really want to go I would suggest contacting the local residents’ association. Or wait and see if the estate is part of the next Open House London.

I am looking for a film location, can you help?

Maybe! Please email me. Also, have a look at Film Office.

For students

I often get emails from students working on projects related to social housing generally, or on specific estates.

Unfortunately I’m not able to answer all of these in as much detail as I would like. This is for various reasons, mainly that I’m not an academic in this subject and there is already so much writing out there that explains things a lot better than I ever could.


There is no central resource to get original plans/drawings. The best place for information on the history of a specific estate is the local history library. You’ll often be able to find plans and drawings there, as well as old photographs and newspapers. If the estate is in London, the London Metropolitan Archives is a fabulous resource.

The RIBA’s drawings and photographs library has an archive that’s searchable online, and finally there are a whole host of architects’ archives that are held by various institutions, families and individuals.

Further reading

The People of Providence: A housing estate and some of its inhabitants, by Tony Parker

Estates: An Intimate History, by Lynsey Hanley

Concreteopia: A journey around the rebuilding of Postwar Britain, by John Grindrod

Rothschild Buildings: Life in an East End Tenement Block 1887-1920, by Jerry White