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Issue 100: October 2015

This is the 100th issue – and 25th birthday – of Welsh Housing Quarterly and we celebrate both with a special supplement on the story of the magazine and of Welsh housing since 1990.

To mark this important milestone, the WHQ advisory board is organising two special events in Cardiff in November. On November 11, WHQ publisher CIH Cymru is hosting a special reception for contributors, supporters and sponsors at Craft in The Bay. Then on November 17, Peter Williams will deliver a free WHQ lecture on Taking the long view: 1990–2020: rebalancing the state and the market? at Cardiff University (WHQ’s founder and former owner). Tickets for this
will be available online so look out for details on the WHQ website and on social media.

As you’ll see, WHQ has a new look for this issue, courtesy of designer Martin Williams. We are also hard at work on a new WHQ website for launch in the next few weeks. This will feature magazine content in a more accessible form plus blog coverage in between issues of important events and topics. We’re keen to make this an open forum for everyone working in Welsh housing and regeneration so please get in touch if you would like to contribute.

The WHQ 100 section of the magazine (from p23) features a timeline of key events that makes clear just how much the story of Welsh housing is tied up with the story of Welsh devolution but it’s also evident how often the same issues rise to the fore. The more things change (and they have), the more some others stay the same. You’ll also find articles looking back over the last 25 years (and forward to the next 25) from a range of contributors with close links to WHQ plus a series of shorter memories from readers.

If reaching the 100th issue of the magazine is a time for celebration, it’s also a time for thanks to all those organisations and people that have made it possible (something that I hope is reflected in the cover image this time). Particular thanks go to the three organisations whose vital contributions are acknowledged on the page opposite: Cardiff University, CIH Cymru and Welsh Government. But thanks must go too to all the people who have advertised and sponsored, contributed and helped with article ideas and otherwise supported WHQ. I hope you enjoy this issue and many more to come.

Jules Birch

Editor, WHQ

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