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Monthly Archives: August 2013

Outdoor filming day and celebrations

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Group interview at Kingsley Hall

On Tuesday 6 August, Shannon and Jamie acted as filmmakers and Salyan took up the challenge to interview three elderly persons, Sead, Rita and Lesley, and later Margerite, the only one of the Dagenham Girl Pipers who lives today in

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Monday 5 August: Stories of a war veteran and a fun of Clark Gable

Today, Shannon interviewed Harold and stirred many memories about the estate. Ellen interviewed Violet and talked about fashion, war and love affairs at Kingsley Hall. Surprisingly, the youngest member of the team interviewed the oldest female participant with eighty years difference between

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Photographs of the estate

Here are a selection of images of the estate, some from the LBBD archives, some from valence house. They are full of memories and information and have been chosen by the group as they conjure particular questions and curiosities from

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Six Strange Facts About Becontree

  While browsing the Valence House Archives on Monday, we stumbled upon a goldmine of information — a thesis by Neil Humphries from 1995 about the Becontree Estate. In the thesis, we found wonderful stories documenting how a sleepy village

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“I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else”: Notes from the Reminiscence Session

“I was born in Forest Gate, and there were five of us in one bedroom. So when we got a house in Becontree, my mother thought it was like heaven with the gate open! When I was 8, Gandhi came

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Friday 2 August: Interviewing and filming family life

On a beautiful Friday, Hope and Rhianna filmed and interviewed Stan and Brenda Buzer in the herb garden at Valence House. Here’s Hope’s account of her day:   “This morning, I interviewed an elderly couple, finding out about their experiences

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On 1 August with Emily and Doris

Thursday saw the start of the interviews, with Jaeden interviewing Emily and Jessica in a last minute switch of roles with Kye interviewing Doris. The two pairs heard some amazing stories: young love on the Becontree estate many years ago,

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