A programme of art, architecture and infrastructure to mark the centenary of the UK’s biggest council housing estate

Valence House Museum

Becontree at War

Valence House Museum

4 September 2021

Join Valence House Museum for a day of activities on Saturday 4 September from 11am-5pm as they recall how fun and entertainment helped the people of the Becontree Estate survive the rigours of WWII.

The Polka Dots will be performing, there will be swing dance workshops and the Home Front Bus will be joining. There will also be craft workshops taking place to get your creative juices flowing!

For more information about the day click here.

Valence House Museum
Becontree Ave

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Valence House Museum is the only surviving manor house in Dagenham. It dates back to medieval times, is still partially surrounded by a moat and has a collection of nearly 30,000 items. The galleries tell the story of Barking and Dagenham and its people throughout the ages. Highlights on display include the Dagenham Idol, (on loan from Colchester and Ipswich Museum) whalebones believed to be from the lower jaw of a Common Greenland Whale and the Fanshawe family portraits, which are one of the best collections of gentry portraits in Britain. Barking and Dagenham Archives and Local Studies Centre is situated in the Visitor Centre at Valence House.