Valence House Museum

Valence House Museum
Becontree Avenue


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Archives & Local Studies Centre



020 8227 2034


020 8227 5222

Archives & Local Studies Centre

020 8227 2033

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

Venue Type:

Museum, Library, Archive, Heritage site, Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Mon-Sat 1000-1600

Closed: Sundays and Bank Holidays

Admission charges


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
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

Friends of Valence House Tuesday Talks

  • 7 December 2014 3-4pm

500 Years of Counterfeit Coins, 10 September 2013

Pilgrims to America, 8 October 2013

Ghosts and Graves in Barking and Dagenham, 12 November 2013

Upminster Old Chapel Tuesday 14 January 3pm with Gemma Smith

The South Sea Bubble Tuesday 11 February 3pm with Jeff Page

Bubble Gin and Vice Tuesday 11 March 3pm with Eleanor Bloom

My Life in Womens Underwear Tuesday 8 April with Terry Taber

Prisoners in the Tower Tuesday 13 May with Brian D'Arcy RVM

AGM, followed by From Mill to Motorway Tuesday 10 June with Eric Feasey

The Curious Culture of letter Writing Tuesday 8 July with Emma Harper

A step in time ( History of ladies shoes) Tuesday 9 September with Ann Hardy

One man went to mow Tuesday 14 September with Pat Elliott

Audio Visual Sequences Tuesday 11 November with Bryan Tester

Suitable for

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


Members free. Non - members £1.50



Friends of Valence House Book sales

  • 30 November 2013 — 30 November 2014 *on now
  • 29 November 2014 10am-3pm

Bag yourself a bargain at these popular sales. Books and bric a brac. Tombola