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

Alderman Jones's House Exhibition and Public Programme

Alderman Jones's House, 322 Parsloes Avenue

1 – 30 September 2021

In recognition and celebration of the life of Alderman Fred Jones, who lived on a banjo on the Becontree Estate, and his contribution to the social, cultural and civic life of Barking and Dagenham, we will be hosting a series of exhibitions about the Becontree Estate, including research work of the London Metropolitan University School of Architecture Postgraduate Architecture Unit 14 and Undergraduate Studio 4.

The exhibition, which incorporates archival documents recognising the life and work of Councillor Alderman Jones and an interview with colleagues who knew him, has been curated and designed by Pierre d’Avoine and Pereen d’Avoine.

The exhibition also presents research studies and design proposals by students in Unit 14 and Studio 4:

Unit 14 Exhibition: Learning from the River Roding and Mad about Barking and…Dagenham, focusses on work produced during academic years 2018-19 and 2019-20. Research and design proposals were made, which explore the making of architecture and an inclusive city; housing, public realm and green spaces, both in the context of the Becontree Estate and elsewhere in the borough within Barking and Dagenham’s expansive regeneration programme.

Studio 4 Exhibition: Liveness curated by Ludwig Willis Architects explores notions of settlement and neighbourhood on the Becontree Estate and the idea of the ‘Garden City’ as a juxtaposition of urbanism and wilderness, as opposed to a city of gardens (suburbia). The exhibition showcases student research and design proposals for the Becontree Estate during academic year 2019-20.

Alderman Jones's House will be a place where residents, communities and visitors can come together to reflect on how the Becontree has evolved and debate how it should develop its buildings, streets, parks and neighbourhoods in the future over the month of September.

Opening Times 27-30 September

Monday 27 – 11am-8pm (special residents open evening)

Tuesday 28 – 2.30-4.30pm

Wednesday 29 – 2.30-4.30pm

Thursday 30 – 2.30-4.30pm

Commissioned by Tamara Horbacka, Cultural Commissioner, The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.