A programme of art, architecture and infrastructure to mark the centenary of the UK’s biggest council housing estate

Valence House Museum

Homes of the Future: Building Becontree 2121


20 July – 12 September 2021

Homes of the Future: Building Becontree 2121 is a community competition open to all young people. Valence House Museum invites participants to design the ultimate cutting-edge house for the Becontree Estate. The project encourages imaginative and creative designs, taking inspiration from the original homes on the estate and their state-of-the-art design. What will your house of 2121 look like?

You can draw your design, build with Lego or craft it in 3D with cardboard, paint and recycled materials, you can even design it digitally on the computer. Prizes for the winning entries will be available.

For details on how to enter visit – valencehousecollections.co.uk/competition-corner

Valence House Museum is the only surviving manor house in Dagenham. It dates back to medieval times, is still partially surrounded by a moat and has a collection of nearly 30,000 items. The galleries tell the story of Barking and Dagenham and its people throughout the ages. Highlights on display include the Dagenham Idol, (on loan from Colchester and Ipswich Museum) whalebones believed to be from the lower jaw of a Common Greenland Whale and the Fanshawe family portraits, which are one of the best collections of gentry portraits in Britain. Barking and Dagenham Archives and Local Studies Centre is situated in the Visitor Centre at Valence House.