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Children of The Croft Oral History Project

(Nov 2011-Jan 2013)

This 14-month project brought together a team of adult volunteers to research the stories of women who, from 1966 onwards, had rented a room in a pioneering shared housing scheme for ‘unsupported’ mothers and their babies.

Children of The Croft Oral History Project

Together, we found and interviewed 16 people who had lived, worked or visited The Croft in Alexandra Park, Nottingham. The collection of stories cast light on a period of dramatic social change. The Croft provided a ‘grass roots’ solution in advance of changes to welfare and housing legislation which would, for the first time, enable single mothers to support themselves and their babies independently and make positive choices for their own futures.

A selection of the stories were showcased in 'The Story of The Croft' exhibition at Nottingham Castle Museum from November 2011 until January 2013.

Extracts from interviews and archive images were available in an online exhibition from 2013 until 2016. This has site now been archived.

The complete Oral History collection is housed at the Nottingham Local Studies library and the Nottinghamshire Archives.

The Children of The Croft project was generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Croft resident Barbara Reed with daughter Emma in 1972
The Croft in December 2011 - boarded up and ready for redevelopment
The Stories of The Croft exhibition at Nottingham Castle Museum in January 2013

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