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Workshops

Becontree: Housing a history

In a series of focused presentations and discussions in this four week course, contributors will examine different aspects of how Becontree came into being, the changes that have occurred, life on the estate and how recent history has changed its architecture. For ages 18+.

About the course

Becontree: Housing a history

Four week online course held on the following Tuesdays from 6:30pm to 8:30pm:

  • 8 February 2022
  • 15 February 2022
  • 22 February 2022
  • 1 March 2022

For ages 18+.

The Becontree Estate is celebrating its 100th year since it was constructed as the largest public housing estate in the world, the home to more than 100,000 people in four square miles.

In collaboration with the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, contributors will examine different aspects of how Becontree came into being, the changes that have occurred, life on the estate and how recent history has changed its architecture.

This four week online course explores the social and design history of the estate, and of council housing in Britain more widely, in the 100 years since 1921.

The course is inspired by the RIBA’s current exhibitions celebrating the Becontree Centenary and is aimed at adults who have a general interest in architecture. A reading list will accompany the course, advanced reading will not be required before the sessions.

Course summary

8 February 2022

The beginnings: Becontree and beyond

  • Mark Swenarton
  • Karen Ruston

15 February 2022

Landscapes, housing, and community

  • Rebecca Preston
  • Nimtim Architects

22 February 2022

Council housing beyond Becontree

  • Mary Milton
  • Andrew Turnbull
  • Miles Glendinning

1 March 2022

Post-war period and the fall and rise of council housing

  • Nicholas Bullock
  • John Boughton

Download the course outline (PDF).

Further information

Find out more about our upcoming workshop for adults.

Prices

  • £60 standard ticket
  • £50 over 65, student and unemployed
  • £45 for RIBA Members, RIBA Friends or SAHGB Members

Online booking in advance is essential. Click below to purchase your ticket.