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

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Verity-Jane Keefe

Field Trips

London and Liverpool

5 March & 2 April 2022

Field Trips /

“Field Trip (noun)

A field trip or excursion is a journey by a group of people to a place away from their usual environment.”

A series of Field Trips in response to the themes of Living Together, Becontree and its centenary.

Both Field Trips are free to attend, but places are limited. To book or receive more information reply to this email. Under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult.

Field Trip #1

London County Council Estate Minibus Tour

Saturday 5th March 2022

Pick up point Valence Park Car Park 10am – full itinerary shared in advance

A minibus trip journeying across London to look at other London County Council Estates that were built at a similar time and following Becontree. What does it mean to visit a home similar to yours in an entirely different part of London? How does geographical location, local economy and changes to tenancy impact how these similar built spaces might look and feel?

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Free but booking is essential here

Field Trip #2

Liverpool by train

Saturday 2nd April 2022

Leaving from London Euston at approx. 9am (tickets will be booked in advance)

We will travel to Liverpool from Becontree via London Euston, to explore how similar places can be, even when far apart. Liverpool is connected to Dagenham owing to historically strong Labour and Union links, Ford and the Docks. Workers would move between Ford in Dagenham and Liverpool. We will look at the impact culture led regeneration has had on the former docklands area, as Barking and Dagenham is going through a time of rapid physical and cultural change.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Free but booking is essential here

London

Liverpool

Verity-Jane Keefe is a visual artist working predominantly in the public realm to explore the complex relationship between people and place. She works with moving image, text, installation and uses archival and research methodologies. She is interested in the role of the artist within urban regeneration and how experiential practice can touch upon and raise ambitions of existing communities. Verity-Jane has been working in Barking and Dagenham for over 10 years on self-initiated commissions, including The Mobile Museum, and in partnership with the borough’s Heritage, Planning Policy and Regeneration departments.

In partnership with Create London, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England.