In 2020-2021, AMuLoP worked on a major project which will set the ground for our Museum of Working-Class Housing. “La Vie HLM" (Life in Public Housing), a temporary exhibition, will take place from September 2021 to June 2022 in the low-rise Grosperrin building in the Émile-Dubois Cité (housing estate). Known also as “the 800,” this sprawling housing complex is located in Aubervilliers, in close proximity to Fort d’Aubervilliers (metro line 7).


 The exhibition will take place on the doorstep of the future railway station, Grand Paris Express, in a space which will be profoundly transformed by the building of 1800 homes. In this context, gaining a complete and rigorous perspective on the history of this district and the daily lives of those living here is of real and urgent importance.

Exteriors of the Émile-Dubois Cité, a.k.a. "The 800”, in Aubervilliers in the 1980s (© Patrice Lutier)

The exhibition will retrace the daily lives of several families, between 1950 and 2000, who lived at the Grosperrin low-rise. This will be based on historical research in archives and interviews with residents led by researchers.


With the history of these families as their starting points, visitors will obtain a dynamic and embodied access to the changes and evolutions that Aubervilliers has seen. More broadly, this will also help visitors gain insight into the massive economic and industrial changes in the second half of the twentieth century, including: 


  • working conditions
  • social and political movements
  • regional, rural, colonial and international migrations
  • access to social rights, leisure time and consumption
  • mobilities and transformation of the area
  • health of the population
  • gender, racial and sexual relations.