Alive with history! (12042017)

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the establishment of a museum at Valence House.  In the mid-1930s Dagenham Urban District Council (DUDC) had sought…

The Valence Fair 2016

Thank you to everyone that came to the Valence Fair last Saturday. The event was a great success and much fun was had by all,…

Accreditation Success!

Barking and Dagenham Archives and Local Studies Centre is delighted to announce that we have been awarded Archive Service Accreditation. Achieving accredited status demonstrates that…

No Solitary Walker by James Howson

The following article was written by James Howson and published in 'Recording the Past: A Selection of Local History Articles by James Howson' compiled and…

Celebrate Sir Richard Fanshawe 350

This year marks the 350th anniversary of the death of Sir Richard Fanshawe (1608-1666), ambassador to Spain. His portrait is currently in need of conservation.…

National Libraries Day

Don't miss our display of rare and antiquarian books from the collection in the Archives and Local Studies Centre for National Libraries Day. Some of…

#AYearInArchives

It has been a great year here at the Barking and Dagenham Archives and Local Studies Centre, and we are looking forward to 2016. Keep…

Wax, women and ‘Who dunnit?’s

I try to attend the Understanding British Portraits seminar every year. Whilst not all presentations are relevant to the small portrait collection at Valence House…

Highlights from 2015

2015 was a great year for Valence House. We have had a bloodie battle, digitised 6,000 photographs thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery…