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The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

    The home of housing for 100 years

    The history of housing management, and the Chartered Institute of Housing, was sparked by the work of pioneers of social reform opposed to appalling housing conditions in the second half of the 19th century. We can trace our roots as a profession back to 1916, when the first professional body for housing, the Association for Women Housing Workers, was founded. In 2016, our centenary year, we'll be celebrating the achievements of the profession, and looking forward to how we shape the industry over the next 100 years.

    Take a walk through the history of housing with our interactive timeline:

    Centenary events »


    CIH Presidential Dinner 2016: 3 February, Natural History Museum, London
    Read CIH president Geraldine Howley's speech from the event

    Welcome to the Octavia Club: 25 February, London South Bank University
    This was the first of a series of free events for those new to housing. Terrie Alafat talked about the roots of CIH, what it means to member in 2016 and her thoughts on the future of the organisation.

    CIH South East regional conference: 8-10 March, Brighton
    A panel of keynote speakers examined how housing has changed over the last 100 years and what the future holds.

    CIH Cymru centenary lecture - Give housing a chance: 25 April, Cardiff
    Read the highlights of the inaugural lecture by Sue Essex, former Welsh finance minister and author of the 2008 Essex review on affordable housing.

    CIH Yorkshire & Humberside walking tour of Saltaire: 12 May, Saltaire
    The Yorkshire & Humberside region hosted a walking tour of Saltaire to see the history of housing first hand at this 19th century industrial village and UNESCO world heritage site.

    CIH Yorkshire & Humberside housing history tour with Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust: 19 May, Derwenthorpe
    The Yorkshire & Humberside region visited the Derwenthorpe project, with a housing history tour from Joel Owen, deputy director of development and asset management, Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust.

    Housing 2016: 28-30 June, Manchester
    Delegates came along to the biggest housing conference in Europe to help us celebrate the achievements of our industry and our members over the past 100 years - and shape the future of housing.

    Octavia Hill - the legacy and the future: 8 December, Swindon
    An opportunity to meet and hear from senior high profile figures in the sector who will be reflecting on the roots of CIH, the ambition of Octavia Hill and how much of this ambition is still shared today.

    Centenary lecture - the future of housing: 8 December, NPT Homes, Neath, Wales
    Our first five Rising Star Cymru winners come together for the first time to share their views on how they foresee housing in Wales changing over the next 10 years.


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    Let's stand up for housing together.

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