Originally built as a workhouse in 1730, Vestry House has since been a police station and a private house, before it opened as a Museum in 1931.Work out when and for how long to visit Vestry House Museum and other London attractions using our handy London trip planner .
Vestry House Museum houses Waltham Forest Archives and Local Studies Library. It is also home to an award-winning public garden.
Group visits and Schools:
Vestry House Museum welcomes group bookings; guided tours can be arranged.
The Museum has an active schools programme with a wealth of resources available, including activity sheets, loan boxes and object handling sessions. Please book in advance: www.walthamforest.gov.uk/vhm-schools.htm
Our shop offers small souvenirs, toys and games from the past and history books and maps of the area.
Archives and Local Studies Library
The Museum houses Waltham Forest Archives and Local Studies Library, which offer a wide range of resources relating to the history of Waltham Forest. Our extensive printed and manuscript holdings provide key sources for many research topics. By appointment only.
The Museum has an outstanding collection of photographs of Waltham Forest dating back to the 1860s. The collection provides a vivid record of the changing society and local life. By appointment only.
Our community Room, complete with kitchen, is available for hire at reasonable rates Tuesday- Sunday 9am-10pm and can accommodate up to 80 people.
Vestry House Museum Reviews
Vestry House is a wonderful place. Beautifully restored with a rich history. I enjoyed learning about the local area in this authentic setting. I understand there's a large archive available on reques... more »
An interesting museum about the poor houses in the oldest part of Walthamstow, which was a village outside of London before London consumed it. There are household items on display from old days, WW2 ... more »
I came across this place in a magazine advertising a easter egg hunt. I was not sure what to expect given the location and size but it turned out to be a pleasant visit. The museum itself is housed in the old workhouse (hence the name!) Spread over two floors and much larger inside than it appears to be from the outside. It also has a nice garden which took me by surprise.You could probably spend an hour here before moving on.
Really interesting story of the local area and workhouse. The lady who greeted us was fantastic, gave us loads of interesting information and told us about other local events that were on.
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