Ford backs heritage
Plans are underway to create a new Ford heritage centre in Dagenham.
The proposals are part of a move to convert the former Ford factory into 3000 new homes. Barking and Dagenham council has decided to go ahead with the initial stages, despite not receiving the green light from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
A council spokesperson says: ‘It will tell the story of the area’s industrial heritage, celebrate the industrial achievements of the area and act as a cultural centre, community resource and social facility within the proposed housing development.’
At it’s height, Ford’s Dagenham plant, which opened in 1931, employed 40,000 people and had its own hospital, port, power station and foundry. It produced more than 10 million vehicles and 37 million engines. Car production ended there in 2002, but diesel engine production continues to this day.