Valence House Museum, Dagenham, London, United Kingdom
Totally Thames 2019 encourages Londoners and visitors from further abroad to take part in an amazing programme of arts, culture and heritage, including London’s newest and biggest river challenge to a ship that explores the inclusive and welcoming history of the nation’s capital.
London has a rich odorous history, which sometimes we like to wash from our memories: The Barking Stink upholds the memory of Barking and Dagenham’s vibrant industrial heritage, including the famously pungent smells that once emanated from Barking Creek. Two ‘scented history’ pop-up exhibitions will guide visitors through Barking Creek’s unusual olfactory history, exploring what it felt and smelled like living and working alongside noxious factories, fumes and filthy river pollution. Scent heritage experts Odette Toilette, Tasha Marks and Cecilia Bembibre will lead fragranced sessions exploring how smell prompts memory and association, Dirty Old London author Lee Jackson will host an illustrated talk, and renowned writer-filmmaker Iain Sinclair will guide visitors on a Thames Clippers trip down the Thames to Barking.