Archives and Local Studies Centre

Interested in Barking and Dagenham’s history, or tracing your family tree?

Visit the Archives and Local Studies Centre at Valence House and delve into our wonderful collection of:

  • maps
  • manuscripts
  • photographs
  • local newspapers
  • books
  • CD-Roms and much more.

We also offer free use of Ancestry Library Edition and Find My Past Community Edition on our PCs.

Guides to our holdings and services:

Please note - an advance appointment is needed for viewing items from the archive collection.
Forthcoming events at Valence House

Opening times

Check our opening hours
Opening times vary during Christmas, Easter and Bank holidays

Contact us

Archives and Local Studies Centre
Valence House, Becontree Avenue, Dagenham, RM8 3HT

020 8227 2033