Valence House Museum

Valence House Museum in Romford

Valence House was voted by the Guardian as one of the 50 best free things to do in London. The only surviving manor house in Dagenham, it dates back to Medieval times and is still partially surrounded by a moat. Find out more about the fascinating history of the house here.

Following extensive refurbishment in 2010, exciting galleries tell the story of Barking and Dagenham and its people throughout the ages. As well as exploring the museum, you can discover the tranquil herb garden and Dig for Victory plot, or research local and family history in the Archives and Local Studies Centre. Round off your visit by browsing in the shop or enjoying light refreshments in the Tulip Tree Tea Room. Valence House also offers a year-round programme of events for all the family.

Museum Galleries
Valence House Museum’s core collection totals around 20,000 objects, consisting of a wide range of artefacts which reflect the history and continuing development of the community of Barking and Dagenham. The collection spans a wide period of time, from Prehistory to the modern day. In addition, the Museum holds a large collection of archaeological material and archives from sites across Barking and Dagenham.

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 the Britain. You also won’t want to miss our rare wall-painting that was discovered during the recent refurbishment and is thought to date from 1600.

Much of the collection can be viewed in our themed and interactive galleries that make up the Museum. Objects that are not on display can now be searched online and are available to view by appointment at the discretion of the Museum Curator. To find out more about the Museum Collection please email: new email or telephone: 020 8227 2034.

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