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 Fund and who can forget being visited by the best dressed Father Christmas possibly EVER. Roll on 2016!

Valence House staff and volunteers pose with the Dagenham Idol
Staff and volunteers pose for a #museumselfie with the famous Dagenham Idol.


Polka Dots on stage
The Polka Dots were back by popular demand at Armed Forces Day.


Volunteers setting up for table top sale
What would we do without our amazing volunteers… Here they are setting up for a table top sale to raise funds towards events.


Volunteers repackaging collections
And here they are cleaning and repackaging ledgers acquired from the Town Hall.


Ranger tending the garden.
The grounds have never looked better.


Pike men on the battlefield
The Bloodie Battle of Valence happened.


Historic photograph album.
The 50 Years a Borough Project enabled us to catalogue, preserve and digitise 6,000 historic photographs.


Dagenham Girl Pipers outside Valence House
The Dagenham Girl Pipers performed at the Valence Fair. The day ended with everyone doing the Hokey-Cokey!


Man dressed as Father Christmas in a grotto.
And here he is Father Christmas in his bespoke suit!