July 16th 2017
The Prefab Museum explores the social history of prefabs, using objects, recordings and film.
It was once a common sight to see entire areas covered with these buildings, but few remain today. Originally they were designed to last 10 years - but many lasted far longer than this, and were only removed in order to replace them with more modern, energy-efficient homes.
We have an "Arcon" prefab rebuilt at the RLC. This is an Arcon MK.V and uses asbestos cement sheeting, although many were made from aluminium sheeting, which was plentiful after WWII. The buildings were pre-fabricated in order to permit them to be erected rapidly, and many were built after the war to replace war-damaged buildings and to provide housing for returning soldiers.
Our own prefab contains parts from several different buildings, but is reconstructed and furnished exactly as it would have been originally.