PAPERS RELATING TO THE HOUSING PROJECT

Scope and Content

Kathleen Campbell's papers relating to the thinking behind the house project, its setting up and its first year in operation. By the late 1950s it was felt that one of the most pressing problems was the need for accommodation for unmarried mothers who wanted to make a home for themselves and their children but did not have the support of their families or other relatives. The OCMWA felt that this need could best be met by providing flatlets , with a young, married couple in a larger flat in the same house to act as caretakers/wardens and give moral support to the other residents.

They purchased their first house, 257 Iffley Road, in 1960 and it was converted into flats and opened in July 1962. The project was so successful that a second house, 116 Hurst Street, was purchased in 1969. In 1968 the Seacourt Housing Association was formed to take over management of the houses.