Valence House Museum

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Valence House is a Medieval and later timber-framed and partially moated building situated in parkland.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Tue-Sat 1000-1600

Closed: Sundays, Mondays and Bank Holidays

Admission charges

Free

The collection includes items from Prehistoric to modern times representing the lives of the inhabitants of the Essex parishes of Barking and Dagenham. The display areas include a reconstruction council 1945 living room and kitchen, a Victorian Servants Parlour of the 1890s and a Barking chemists shop.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Land Transport, Medicine, Personalities, Social History, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • The Museum is home to the Fanshawe collection of portraits dating from the 16th to the 20th century
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Exhibition: Made in Barking & Dagenham

Exhibition: Made in Barking & Dagenham

  • 23 January — 26 March 2016 *on now

An exhibition exploring some of the lost and forgotten industries of the Barking & Dagenham. This exhibition is part of the Collecting Culture Project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Time: Exhibition open daily, Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free. No booking required. For more information call 020 8227 2034.

Website

http://valencehousecollections.co.uk/events/exhibition-made-in-barking-dagenham/

Robert Clack School

Exhibition: Robert Clack School

  • 2 April — 28 May 2016

An exhibition curated by pupils at Robert Clack School. More information coming soon!

Time: Exhibition open daily, Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Time: Exhibition open daily, Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm Free of Charge

Website

http://valencehousecollections.co.uk/events/exhibition-robert-clack-school/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Valence House Museum

Film Screening

  • 16 February 2016 2-3pm
  • 29 March 2016 2-3pm
  • 31 May 2016 2-3pm
  • 26 July 2016 From 2pm

Watch films from the archive that show local streets, buildings, events and people, as well as related newsreels made by British Pathe. Refreshments provided.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Where

visitor centre

Admission

£3.00 per person

Website

http://valencehousecollections.co.uk/events/film-screening/

photograph of hops

"Hopping" Memories Afternoon

  • 20 February 2016 2-3:30pm
  • 19 March 2016 2-3:30pm
  • 16 April 2016 2-3:30pm
  • 21 May 2016 2-3:30pm
  • 18 June 2016 2-3:30pm
  • 16 July 2016 2-3:30pm

Come along and share your family memories and photos of the days when thousands of local people would spend their summers hop-picking in Kent. Admission free, no need to book.

These "Hopping Afternoons" take place on 16 January, 20 February, 19 March, 16 April, 18 June, 16 July 2016 (all Saturdays).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://valencehousecollections.co.uk/events/hopping-memories-afternoon-2/

Family tree

Family History Helpdesk

  • 26 March 2016 10am-3:45pm
  • 21 May 2016 10am-3:45pm
  • 30 July 2016 10am-3:45pm
  • 17 September 2016 10am-3:45pm
  • 26 November 2016 10am-3:45pm

If you are a beginner to family history, or have hit a brick wall in your research, committee members of the local branch of the East of London Family History Society are here to help.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Where

Archives & Local Studies Centre, Valence House, Becontree Avenue, Dagenham, RM8 3HT

Admission

First come first serve basis. Closed for lunch 12:45–1:15. Tel: 020 8227 2033, e-mail: localstudies@lbbd.gov.uk

Website

http://www.lbbd.gov.uk/MuseumsAndHeritage/BoroughArchivesandLocalStudies/Pages/home.aspx

Photograph of the ghost of Agnes de Valence on Valence Moat using early photographic trickery

Paranormal Investigation at Valence House Museum

  • 14 — 15 May 2016 9pm-2am

Investigate the ghostly going-ons and paranormal phenomena connected to Valence House. Are you brave enough? Please note that booking for this event is essential.

Time: 9pm-2am

Venue: Meet at reception in the Visitor’s Centre at Valence House

Tickets: £35

For further information call: 020 8227 2034.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£35 per ticket

Collections Masterclass

Collections Masterclass

  • 3 March 2016 2-3pm
  • 7 April 2016 2-3pm
  • 5 May 2016 2-3pm
  • 2 June 2016 2-3pm
  • 7 July 2016 2-3pm
  • 4 August 2016 2-3pm
  • 1 September 2016 2-3pm
  • 6 October 2016 2-3pm
  • 3 November 2016 2-3pm
  • 1 December 2016 2-3pm

Discover unique and fascinating treasures from the museum, archive and local studies collections at these monthly ‘Show and Tell’ Sessions. Masterclasses usually take place on the first Thursday of the month.

Time: 2pm-3pm

Free, no booking, just turn up.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://valencehousecollections.co.uk/events/collections-masterclass-6/

Valence House Museum

Quiz Afternoon

  • 13 February 2016 1-4pm
  • 14 May 2016 1-4pm
  • 8 October 2016 From 1pm

Valence House volunteers invite you to test your knowledge in this fun quiz.
Make teams of 4 to 6 people at £5 per head.
Please note that booking for this event is essential.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children

Where

Visitor centre at Valence House

Admission

£5.00 booking in advance on 0208 227 2034

Website

http://valencehousecollections.co.uk/events/quiz-afternoon/

Valence Explorers

Valence Explorers

  • 16 — 19 February 2016
  • 29 March — 1 April 2016
  • 31 May — 3 June 2016
  • 20 — 22 July 2016
  • 26 — 29 July 2016
  • 2 — 5 August 2016
  • 9 — 12 August 2016
  • 16 — 19 August 2016
  • 23 — 26 August 2016
  • 29 August — 1 September 2016

Explore the museum using our explorer backpacks full of fun things to do. Suitable for under under 7s.

Time: Drop in between 10am and 4pm.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

Free. No booking required.

Website

http://valencehousecollections.co.uk/events/valence-explorers/

Valence House Museum
Becontree Avenue
Dagenham
Essex
RM8 3HT
England

Website

Main LBBD Heritage web page

www.lbbd.gov.uk/heritage

E-mail

Museum

valencehousemuseum@lbbd.gov.uk

Archives & Local Studies Centre

localstudies@lbbd.gov.uk

Telephone

Information

020 8227 2034

Curator

020 8227 5222

Archives & Local Studies Centre

020 8227 2033

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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