Britain faced a major housing shortage following World War Two. New house building had ceased during the war, and over three million houses were either destroyed or damaged by bombing. A building programme of ‘emergency factory-made houses’ was launched in 1944 to address the issue. Following a design competition, thirteen models were chosen. The Acron Mk V, of which our prefab is an example, was one of the most popular. They were built for roughly £1200 and allocated to councils most affected by bombing. Acrons were at the height of modernity, equipped with hot running water, electric lighting, built-in storage, and a fitted kitchen with a cooker and a fridge. This prefab was built in 1946 and stood at Moat Lane in Yardley, Birmingham.