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
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.
Family tree

Family History Helpdesk

  • 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

Collections Masterclass

Collections Masterclass

  • 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

  • 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

  • 26 August 2016 10am-4pm *on now
  • 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/

Thomas Bail Fanshawe

Sebastopol to Dagenham

  • 30 July — 24 September 2016 *on now

The Crimean War (1853-1856) began due to religious differences. Fought between Russia and the allied powers, including Great Britain, France and the Ottoman Empire, hostilities quickly intensified because of the threat to British and French rights and privileges in the Middle East.

Battles at Alma, Balaklava and Inkerman resulted in the loss of many lives between September and November 1854. A harsh winter for the allied soldiers followed when the Russians took the advantage and entrenched at the heavily fortified port of Sebastopol.

Captain Fanshawe, known to his family as Basil, arrived at Sebastopol in the summer of 1855. On the voyage aboard the S.S. Andes from Malta to Constantinople, he began writing about his experiences to his parents and siblings living at Dagenham Vicarage. He kept up this correspondence until his return home on the H.M.S. London in 1856.

In his letters he describes camp life, his experiences of being under fire in the trenches, his impressions of his men and fellow officers, as well as how he spent his leisure time. He mentions a visit to the British Hotel set up by Mary Seacole and the hospital at Scutari administered by Florence Nightingale.

His letters and the medal he was awarded for serving in the Crimea, together with other related artifacts will be on display at Valence House Museum from Saturday 29 July to Saturday 25 August.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://valencehousecollections.co.uk/events/exhibition-sebastopol-to-dagenham/

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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