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


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
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Family tree

Family History Helpdesk

  • 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


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


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


Collections Masterclass

Collections Masterclass

  • 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




Valence House Museum
Becontree Avenue


Main LBBD Heritage web page



Archives & Local Studies Centre



020 8227 2034


020 8227 5222

Archives & Local Studies Centre

020 8227 2033

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