Archives collection guides

We collect, preserve and make available historical records, photographs and films on Barking and Dagenham and its people.

They inspire an understanding of our rich history, pride in the borough and contribute to the development of cultural identity.

An advance appointment is necessary for using archives.

When visiting for the first time, please bring proof of address as you’ll need to register.


These guides will help you explore our collection:

Opening times

Check our opening hours
Opening times vary during Christmas, Easter and Bank holidays
Archives and Local Studies Centre
Valence House, Becontree Avenue, Dagenham, RM8 3HT

020 8227 2033