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Family day this Sunday!

Sun 1:30 PM UTCVestry House MuseumLondon, United Kingdom
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Would you like to work with our collections? We are recruiting for a new Curator. This important role will be responsible for curating exhibitions and collections at William Morris Gallery and Vestry House Museum. You will have a strong visual arts curatorial background, an academic background in art history or social history, and extensive experience of working with artists, researchers, stakeholders and interest groups across the arts and museums sector. Three years of expe...rience working in a museums environment, with particular experience in exhibitions and collections management. You will manage staff and work on a multi-faceted exhibitions programme. You will undertake management of the both site’s collections and curatorial aspects of the redevelopment of Vestry House Museum.
To apply online, follow the link below

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‪Children enjoyed making Valentine’s Day cards last Sunday inspired by our Victorian scrapbook located in the costume gallery #HappyValentinesDay
Thanks to our Apprentice Zaina Budaly for planning and facilitating the activity!

It's the final few weeks of No Ordinary Bicycle, our exhibition exploring the life and legacy of John Kemp Starley. It's on until Sunday 25 February, admission free.

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John Kemp Starley (1855 – 1901), born in Walthamstow, played a key role in the development of the modern bicycle.

NEW KS 2 History Session at Vestry House Museum
The Romans in Waltham Forest

• Meet Roman soldier Claudius in full battle dress and ask him questions about his life
• Handle and draw 2000 year old artefacts and find out clues about everyday life in Roman times...
• Discover an original Roman Sarcophagus in Vestry House Garden
• Create a map of Roman Waltham Forest and discuss the evidence for Duralitum - Was this Roman posting station situated in Leyton?

“It was perfect. The children got to learn and experience a great deal about the topic”

“Lots of inspiration in a fun and interactive way”, Year 3 Teachers, Henry Maynard School

This new 2 hour is session bookable most Tuesdays for a whole class for £100 per session 10am till 12.00 or 1pm-3pm

Current availability 6 Feb (am only), 20 , 27 Feb, 20, 27 March
To book or for more details contact Vestry House Museum & William Morris Gallery Learning Department on

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Love is in the air at the Vestry House Museum! Write your own traditional Victorian poem in a greetings card of your own making, and be sure to give it to someone special.

Sun 1:30 PM UTCVestry House MuseumLondon, United Kingdom
19 people interested

Were you or anyone you know involved with the building of Walthamstow Town Hall or Walthamstow Assembly Hall?

If you remember the complex being built we’d love to hear from you. Please message us, comment below, email or call 020 8496 8018.

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Wassailing in the Museum Garden!

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Families enjoyed various Wassailing activities last Sunday to welcome in the New Year. This year the children learnt about Lazy Lawrence, a flying horse from Somerset. They made mini hobby horses and headband with wings and learnt traditional wassail songs.

They later joined the adult singing workshop in the Museum Garden to bless our mature apple tree. The event continued as they paraded along Orford Road to wish shopkeepers well for the year ahead.

Thank you to led organiser Lucy Gibson Walthamstow Wassail for co-ordinating the programme of events, Erica Hodgson for her wonderful craft activity and all the volunteers that supported the event.

Happy Christmas from everyone at Vestry House Museum! Here's a suitably festive photograph from our archive: tobogganing at Whipps Cross, 1962.

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A festive favourite from our photo archive: the Bearman's Christmas float, 1950s. Do you remember it?

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An afternoon of festivities with crafts, singing, storytelling and an appearence from Santa!


Families come along this afternoon to a Victorian Christmas starts at 1.30pm. Carol singing, festive crafts and food. Very limited spaces available to see Santa... he's on his way!

Sun 1:30 PM UTCVestry House MuseumLondon, United Kingdom
101 people interested

Festive fun and Arts and Crafts for families for all ages
Visit Father Christmas and collect a traditional gift; make Victorian-style Christmas decorations; enjoy carols and readings from Dickens.
Mulled drinks and mince pies available.
Timed tickets for Father Christmas £3 per child from Vestry shop or phone 0208 496 4391

Sun 1:30 PM UTCVestry House MuseumLondon, United Kingdom
101 people interested

Ever wanted to trace the history of your family, house or local area? Drop in to Vestry House Museum later this month to find out how - and discover some of the fascinating documents and photographs in our archive.

Sat 11:00 AM UTCVestry House MuseumLondon, United Kingdom
68 people interested

Delve deeper into the fascinating history of your local area at this free event to mark the national Explore Your Archive campaign.

* Meet local and family history experts
* Browse local history society stalls and exhibition panels
* Explore a display of archives and printed sources in the Searchroom...
* View historical images from the Vestry House Museum photographic collection (drop in sessions at 12-1pm and 3.30-4pm)

Free event. No pre-booking needed. All welcome.

Access information: The Searchroom is on the first floor and accessible by stairs only. Some facsimile items will be on display on the ground floor.

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Sat 11:00 AM UTCVestry House MuseumLondon, United Kingdom
68 people interested

Be inspired by our current exhibition 'No Ordinary Bike'.
Why not try having a go at creating your own windmill bike?

Free drop in family activity.

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Sun 1:30 PM UTCVestry House MuseumLondon, United Kingdom