Becontree@War Saturday 4 September 2021 11am – 5pm Join us for a day of activity as we recall how fun and entertainment helped the people of the Becontree Estate survive the rigours of WWII. The Polka Dots will be performing, there will be swing dance workshops and the Home Front Bus will be joining us. There will also be craft workshops taking place to get your creative juices flowing! Valence House, Becontree Avenue, Dagenham, RM8 3HT 020 8227 2034 www.valencehousecollections.co.uk @valencehouse @valencehouse @valencehousemuseum On the stage 11.30 - The Polka Dots 12.30 - Carlie Townsend 1pm - Swing dance workshop for children 2pm - Swing dance workshop for adults 2.30 - The Polka Dots 4.30 - Carlie Townsend Activities In the Visitor Centre In Valence Gardens Make do and Mend tote bag DIY mini Dig for Victory gardens 12pm, 2pm and 3.30. 11.30 & 2.30 Turn a t-shirt in to a tote bag. Build your own Dig for Victory Pre-booking essential. vegetable garden, complete with an Anderson shelter. Pre-booking essential. Throughout the day Join the Heritage Ranger in the Dig for Victory garden to learn why growing your own vegetables became so important during the war. Visit the V2 rocket engine and see some of the damage that these bombs wrecked on the Becontree Estate. Learn about John O’Leary and his role in evacuating children from the area. Hop aboard the Home Front Bus to experience a reconstruction of a 1940’s living room, shop, bombed out street and air raid shelter, complete with the sights, sounds and smells of the Home Front. Discover a series of displays in the Local Studies Centre that detail wartime incidents that are recorded within our archive collection.