Radical ESSEX




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The Plotlands Museum

The Essex plotlands were on the heavy clay known to farmers as ‘three-horse land’, which was the first to go out of cultivation in the agricultural depression. After the war the land was divided into small plots and sold to people wanting to build a holiday home or smallholding from scratch. The huts and houses are made from various salvaged materials and structures: army huts, old railway coaches, sheds, shanties and chalets, which evolved over time.

Intended and used as a space to get out of London, the plotlands were the result of factors including agricultural decline from the 1870s into the beginning of World War II, which resulted in farmland being sold at rock bottom prices.

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Langdon Visitor Centre, Lower Dunton Road, Basildon, Essex SS16 6EB (View on Map)
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Radical Essex is a project re-examining the county in relation to radicalism in thought, lifestyle, politics and architecture. A programme of events will take place across Essex throughout 2016 and 2017, shedding light on the vibrant, pioneering thinking of the late 19th and 20th centuries. The project will celebrate the crucial role Essex has played in the history of British Modernism and its utopian ideologies under the themes ‘The Modernist County’ and ‘Arcadia for All’.

The Radical Essex site is designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio and Alex Rich, developed by Twelve.

Radical Essex is led by Focal Point Gallery in collaboration with Visit Essex and Firstsite. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England it forms part of the country wide Cultural Destinations programme, a partnership with VisitEngland, supporting arts organisations to work with the tourism sector to deliver projects that maximise the impact culture has on local economies.

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