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THE 2022 FESTIVAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE
22 October - 13 November
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We live here: the making and unmaking of home in the building safety crisis

What’s on offer?

A digital exhibition featuring artefacts that explore experiences of living through remediation to fix post-Grenfell building safety problems. The exhibition will tell the story of the unmaking of home spaces through creative media, which virtual attendees can engage with at their own pace.

What’s it about?

This digital exhibition represents everyday experiences of living through work to remedy buildings with fire safety problems. Since the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017, a range of safety problems have been identified in buildings for multi-occupancy, from flammable cladding systems and insulation, to missing fire breaks, inadequate compartmentation, and materials on balconies that are not fire resistant. As a result, many buildings require extensive remediation work to make them safe. This exhibition reflects on how people’s lives are affected by living through these works. Visitors to the digital exhibition space will engage with a range of multi-sensory artefacts that will immerse attendees in the sights, sounds, and emotions associated with large-scale remediation works. The collection will reflect on the way in which home is made and unmade, not only through changes to the material fabric of dwellings, but also by locating these works within a longer period of waiting and uncertainty that have changed many people’s lives. The exhibition will feature content that includes discussion of mental health impacts.

Who’s leading the event?

Jenny Preece, Research Associate at the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence, University of Sheffield

Open to

Open to everyone, but please note there will be discussion of some sensitive topics.

Event Booking details

The University of Sheffield Festival of Social Science website will be available soon for all event registrations. Please check https://player.sheffield.ac.uk/ for further updates