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Funding for heritage project

Wed 10 April 2019, 1:36 pm

An arts organisation working on a project in Dagenham around the centenary celebrations of a famous housing estate has been awarded almost £75,000 in funding this week.

Housing at the Becontree Estate

Arts charity Create London announced it has been given initial National Lottery Heritage Fund support to develop a year-long project marking 100 years of the Becontree estate.

Create London currently works with residents at The White House, a renovated farm house at the estate, which is now a public space for art and social activity.

The year 2021 will mark 100 years since building began on what was once the largest social housing estate in the world.

The Living Together project will analyse a century of social housing, focusing on the Becontree Estate, and will include accounts from past and present residents.

National Lottery Heritage Fund grant applications that are over £250,000 are assessed in two rounds, and Living Together has been granted round one development funding of £74,700.

Detailed proposals are considered during the second round, where there will be a decision made on whether the project will receive a further £373,300.

Barking and Dagenham Council has also received £29,750 of project grant funding from Arts Council England for a year-long residency by visual artist Verity-Jane Keefe, who will produce work in the lead-up to the centenary celebrations.

The Living Together project is the largest creative heritage-driven social engagement programme to happen at the Becontree Estate.

If residents, groups and organisations wish to get involved in the project they can contact Verity-Jane Keefe at




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