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Dagenham Cordials

Dagenham Cordials

Local fruit and flowers, 2014.

Dagenham Cordials are made as part of Myvillages' Company: Movements, Deals and Drinks project in east London.


Company: Movements, Deals and Drinks links east London's history of going hop-picking in Kent to the set up of a new community drinks enterprise in Barking and Dagenham.

Most east Londoners born before the 1950’s know about ‘going picking’ and associate
it with ‘going down to Kent’ to pick berries, apples and most famously hops. Myvillages
came across this important collective history early in 2014 and started to imagine ways
to restore this extraordinary urban-rural relationship through a new communal picking endeavor.

This time the plan was not only to pick, but to keep the crop, make drinks and trade
them directly, with the profits feeding into a community owned enterprise. The new
company would be grounded in the history of ‘going picking’ but extend the collective
labour process further, to complete a whole cycle of production, trade and reinvestment.
Company: Movements, Deals and Drinks was set up as an arts project in May 2014
and throughout the summer of 2014 we ran a wide programme of activities across the
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

The full range of our 2014 drinks is now ready and will be sold across public events
and organisations in Barking and Dagenham and a number of art events in Central London.
Our drinks range is not fixed and new recipes, processes and drinks cultures will enter the
company as it grows.

The fruit and flowers for the cordials were all picked in Dagenham.


Different members of Dagenham's community.

Dagenham, United Kingdom

United Kingdom

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