Valence House wins top education award

Valence House Musem has picked up a prestigious award for the work it does teaching young people about history.

The museum, housed in a historic building in Becontree Avenue, Dagenham, won the Sandford award for heritage education.

Earlier in the summer judges spent a day at the museum seeing at first hand an example of the impressive programmes offered by staff.

They observed children taking part World War II themed day, where youngster were asked to identify objects in the building’s 1940’s kitchen and sitting room. This was followed by a talk on the Dagenham Girl Pipers.

In her report of the inspection, chair of the judges, Susanna Smart said: “The Sandford Award is only achieved when a schools visit inspires awe and wonder, with the desire to investigate further and stimulate a lifelong interest in heritage.”

Council leader Liam Smith said: “The children of this borough deserve quality cultural learning and the achievement of this award by Valence House Museum is recognition of the excellence of service delivered.”

Recently The Guardian named the museum as one of its top 50 free places to visit.