Hillfields Homes for Heroes

Local Learning are delighted to have secured funding from Arts Council, Heritage Lottery, Heritage Schools and Bristol City Council for our Hillfields, Homes for Heroes project, marking the centenary of Addison’s post-World War 1 Housing Act.

Hillfields has the first Addison Act council houses built in Bristol. The design of these houses was the result of an architectural competition and went on to define the homes we see in many areas of Bristol from Southmead to Knowle.

Since 2019, Local Learning have been working with the community to raise awareness of the significance of Hillfields in the creation of modern housing for all citizens of Bristol.

The postponed Hillfields Homes for Heroes celebratory event will now take place as an interactive heritage trail on Saturday 26th June, 2021.

We are still collecting stories from people who have lived, worked and grown up in Hillfields to help shape the final show on the 101st birthday of Bristol’s first council estate. If you have memories to share or would like to get involved then we would love to hear from you.

Our project launched with a Local Learning week in Minerva Primary School and a well attended community Sharing Memories event at Hillfields Library on Saturday 6th April 2019.

Further information is available by clicking the images below.

Hillfields Homes for Heroes is just one of several city wide projects to celebrate the centenary of the Housing Act as part of the Festival of Ideas Homes For Heroes 100 project.

Image at top of the page, illustration by Samuel Loxton of houses on Thicket Avenue under construction in 1920, courtesy of Bristol Reference Library, X1781