Can you imagine sitting in your front garden with your neighbours with a bottle of wine on a summer evening, or your children running home from school to play in their woodland den? How about jumping into a private pool after a day at work, a stone’s throw away from the Thames? Welcome to Span homes.

Chocolate Films is hosting ‘Living in Span homes’, a screening event at The National Archives (Richmond) on 14 June at 7pm to showcase new short documentaries about living in Span homes. Over the course of two years Chocolate Films, volunteers, Span residents and pupils from Reay Primary School collected oral histories from three Span estates: Parkleys (1953, Richmond), Cator Estate (1960, Blackheath) and Mallard Place (1982, Twickenham).

Post-war architect Eric Lyons had a unique vision to create affordable homes for British families. The screening will feature residents’ stories of living in this visionary architecture, it will include archive clips, home-movies and residents photos. We have guest speakers from RIBA and V&A for a special Q&A uncovering the ethos of architect Eric Lyons and his alternative vision for housing as embodied by Span developments.


Chocolate Films explores the unique community of residents living and loving the urban oasis of the three estates in South London. Our filmmakers and dedicated volunteers have uncovered the social side of this modernist architecture and found unique human stories within the homes of Span residents.

Span homes are a collection of houses built to accommodate urban living and community interaction. They were built as affordable homes for families where green space and light are integral to simple and modernist design. They continue to be a way of living for many Londoners today.

Discover the way Londoners live in these unique 20th century dwellings created by the pioneering post-war architect Eric Lyons.

This is a free event to attend, please RSVP to Sinéad Loftus or call on 0207 793 4287 .

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