Discover the layers of smells and stenches that tell the story of Barking’s rich industrial past. From the fragrance of thriving fisheries to the stench of the sewage works, manure to match makers, and fertiliser fumes to fizzy pop factories. Explore 200 years of stories via the sense of smell.
Free outdoor exhibition with interactive smells available to collect from reception. Films made during the project will be showing in the cinema room in the museum.
The Barking Stink is a heritage project produced by Thames Festival Trust, in partnership with Valence House Museum. Exploring the industrial heritage via the sense of smell, the project includes pop-up exhibitions, located in Barking and South Bank, schools workshops, animated film resources for teachers, oral histories and a programme of talks, walks and workshops. Supported by the National Heritage Lottery Fund and Thames Clippers. Thames Clippers is working towards extending their River Bus service to Barking Riverside in the near future, with the support of local stakeholders.