Learning at Vestry House Museum

Vestry House Museum


Vestry House Museum has a range of resources and activities that can be used to support the teaching of many topics and curriculum areas. The Museum is particularly relevant to the study of history, design and technology, geography, English and citizenship.

School visits Click to get info

The Museum is an ideal place for a self-guided visit. We also offer object-handling sessions to pre-booked groups on Tuesday mornings.

Visits are free of charge and can be tailored to meet the needs of you and your class. A pre-visit to the Museum is recommended and will help you and your class to get the most out of your visit. You are welcome to book a preparatory meeting with the Learning and Outreach Officer on Tuesday afternoons.

Useful information

  • The maximum number that can be accommodated at any one time is 30. Many larger groups have, however, successfully combined a visit to the Museum with a walk around the historic Walthamstow village conservation area, by splitting the group in two
  • When visiting the Museum, a ratio of at least one adult to every 6 pupils is required
  • We recommend that you allow at least two hours for your visit
  • Clipboards and pencils can be provided if required – please ask when booking your visit
  • The Museum shop sells souvenirs, postcards, maps and books of historical interest

Booking a school visit Click to get info

School groups are welcome at the Museum Tuesday - Friday, however you do need to book in advance. Please contact the Vestry House Museum.

To book a pre-visit meeting with the Learning and Outreach Officer please email sharon.trotter@walthamforest.gov.uk.

Transport to the Museum Click to get info

Transport to the Museum is the responsibility of the individual school, however resources such as Waltham Forest Community Transport may be able to assist in cost effective transportation for schools and groups.

Teachers’ pack Click to get info

Activity sheets Click to get info

We currently offer object handling sessions for pre-booked school groups on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, on ‘Victorian Domestic Life’. These can be adapted to suit any key stage.

Workshops Click to get info

We offer the following role-play workshops for school groups.

Victorian school days

'Sit up straight, hands behind your back, eyes to the front and no talking. The lesson is about to begin'.

What was it like to be a Victorian schoolchild? What were the teachers like? What subjects were you taught? The stage is set as we are transported back in time to a Victorian classroom and the strict disciplines of our Victorian teacher, Miss Perry! Children will learn through role-play the 3 Rs, drill and even join in some vocal gymnastics! These sessions are available on alternate Tuesday mornings.

The Home Front

Step back in time to the 1940s and learn about the Evacuees, the Blackout, Rationing and the Blitz using original artefacts, audio and costumes. Learn some popular wartime songs, such as 'Run Rabbit Run' and 'Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye'. Air-raid sirens and shelters will be provided! The Home Front can be booked subject to staff availability.

These engaging workshops provide children with a living history experience through role-play, as outlined in the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 & 2. Sessions provide hands on experience for all children and can be adapted for all needs. Morning or afternoon sessions are available and booking is essential. The cost £100 per class with maximum of 30 pupils. Up to 3 classes per day can be booked.

Loan boxes Click to get info

Loan boxes can be used to enhance the teaching of many subjects, including history, art and design and science. We have a range of loan boxes containing real and replica artefacts and documents. The boxes come with an activity pack giving ideas on the use of the objects. Please click on the links below to find out more information about each box. Boxes currently available are:

Victorian Domestic Life

Wash Day in the 1930's

The World War Two Home Front

Toys and Games From Around the World

The Romans in Waltham Forest

Faiths and Celebration loan boxes
(Funded by MLA London in 2009 in a joint project with Leytonstone School) on:




Tea. Sugar. The Transatlantic Slave Trade and Waltham Forest. (Funded by MLA London in 2009 in a joint project with Kelmscott School)

All loan boxes can be borrowed free of charge for up to two weeks by schools, community groups and residential care homes within Waltham Forest. Given their popularity, borrowers are encouraged to book well in advance.

A deposit is requested of a cheque for £50 made payable to London Borough of Waltham Forest. This will remain un-cashed and be returned when all the items in the box are checked back. An Invoice for this deposit is provided below for your administration purposes.

Given their popularity, borrowers are encouraged to book well in advance. Borrowers must arrange to collect and return the boxes from and to the Museum and are responsible for insurance of the box whilst it is on loan. The Museum is piloting this new system to ensure the safe and quick return of all our museum objects. We welcome any feedback from users on the new system.

To book a loan box please contact the Museum on the phone number below to reserve dates and arrange a collection appointment. You will need to allow at least 20 minutes for this. Borrowers are responsible for insurance of the box whilst it is on loan.

Touring displays Click to get info

The Museum has a series of display panels available for short-term loan to schools, community groups and other interested organisations.

Displays available include:

  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • An Illustrated History of Leyton
  • Coming to the Motherland
  • Washday

All touring displays can be borrowed free of charge and for up to two weeks. Borrowers must arrange to collect and return the displays from and to the Museum and may wish to consider arranging insurance.

For further information or to book a touring display please contact the Museum.

Contact Click to get info

Vestry House Museum
Vestry Rd
E17 9NH

Telephone:020 8496 4391

Community Transport
Waltham Forest Community Transport
Low Hall Manor Business Park
30 South Access Road
Walthamstow E17 8BS

Telephone: 020 8521 0665
Fax: 020 8520 4019