New web picture gallery features a century of Barking and Dagenham photos

Dagenham Town Show fancy dress parade in 1955

Dagenham Town Show fancy dress parade in 1955 - Credit: Archant

Fascinating historical photos of Barking and Dagenham - from a 1906 shot of Barking Station to a snap of children enjoying a 1950s Dagenham fancy dress parade - have been uploaded to the web for all to enjoy.

A World War I peace tea party in Heath Street in Dagenham

A World War I peace tea party in Heath Street in Dagenham - Credit: Archant

Valence House Archives and Local Studies Centre scanned around 200 photos taken in the borough over the past 100 years and added them to picture sharing website Flickr.

Showflat sitting room for the Linton Road flats, c1961

Showflat sitting room for the Linton Road flats, c1961 - Credit: Archant

The gallery features a range of categories including people, events, buildings and vehicles and even Christmas.

Clare Sexton, assistant archivist at the centre in Becontree Avenue, Dagenham said: “We wanted to get people excited about historic photos and thought this would be a great way to do it.

“We’re hoping that people will comment on the photos, especially if the pictures bring back memories for them.”


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Clare and her colleagues are planning to up-load even more photos over the coming months.

“It’s going to be an ongoing project,” she said.

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To see the photos either go to the Archives and Local Studies Centre page on the Barking and Dagenham Council website and click on Heritage Photo Collection or go to flickr.com/photos/barkingdagenhamarchive/sets.

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