Vestry House Museum

Vestry House Museum Vestry House Museum presents the history of Waltham Forest. Attractively located in the Grade II listed Vestry House, the Museum can be found in the historic area of Walthamstow Village.

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. 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

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. 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

Operating as usual

**Exhibition Extended**The We Are Here WF exhibition re-opened this week after flooding repairs were completed. More goo...
17/09/2021

**Exhibition Extended**

The We Are Here WF exhibition re-opened this week after flooding repairs were completed. More good news! The exhibition will be be staying with Vestry House Museum until the end of October.

Visit Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-5pm. Entry is free.

For more info: https://vestryhousemuseum.org.uk/whats-on/photographing-windrush-citizens-waltham-forest/

**Exhibition Extended**

The We Are Here WF exhibition re-opened this week after flooding repairs were completed. More good news! The exhibition will be be staying with Vestry House Museum until the end of October.

Visit Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-5pm. Entry is free.

For more info: https://vestryhousemuseum.org.uk/whats-on/photographing-windrush-citizens-waltham-forest/

We Are Here is back! We've been hard at work repairing the flood damage and this fantastic exhibition, running until Sun...
13/09/2021

We Are Here is back! We've been hard at work repairing the flood damage and this fantastic exhibition, running until Sunday 3rd October, is now open to the public once more. Visit from Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-5pm. Entry is free.

We Are Here is back! We've been hard at work repairing the flood damage and this fantastic exhibition, running until Sunday 3rd October, is now open to the public once more. Visit from Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-5pm. Entry is free.

We're very sorry to say that due to flooding our temporary exhibition We Are Here is closed until further notice. Our st...
27/07/2021

We're very sorry to say that due to flooding our temporary exhibition We Are Here is closed until further notice. Our staff are working hard to get the exhibition open again - please check here and on our website for updates.

We're very sorry to say that due to flooding our temporary exhibition We Are Here is closed until further notice. Our staff are working hard to get the exhibition open again - please check here and on our website for updates.

Happy Birthday to Frederick Bremer, born in Mile End #OTD 12 July 1872 . Bremer lived at several Walthamstow addresses i...
12/07/2021

Happy Birthday to Frederick Bremer, born in Mile End #OTD 12 July 1872 . Bremer lived at several Walthamstow addresses including 1 Connaught Road, where in 1892 he built the first British four-wheeled car with internal combustion engine. The Bremer car is now on display in our galleries.

England Captain @harrykane was born in Chingford in 1993, the same year this photo was taken of the @pizzahut on Chingfo...
06/07/2021

England Captain @harrykane was born in Chingford in 1993, the same year this photo was taken of the @pizzahut on Chingford Mount Road 🍕 He attended Larkswood Primary Academy until 2004 and then Chingford Foundation School, which was also attended by @davidbeckham ⚽ In 1999 he joined local club Ridgeway Rovers that played in Ridgeway Park 🏞️ #EURO2020

England Captain @harrykane was born in Chingford in 1993, the same year this photo was taken of the @pizzahut on Chingford Mount Road 🍕 He attended Larkswood Primary Academy until 2004 and then Chingford Foundation School, which was also attended by @davidbeckham ⚽ In 1999 he joined local club Ridgeway Rovers that played in Ridgeway Park 🏞️ #EURO2020

Our photo shows Chapel End School peace party in Walthamstow, 1945. Former Chapel End pupil Doreen Wells, Marchioness of...
25/06/2021

Our photo shows Chapel End School peace party in Walthamstow, 1945. Former Chapel End pupil Doreen Wells, Marchioness of Londonderry, was born in Walthamstow #OTD 25 June 1937. First training at a local dance school in Walthamstow, she joined Sadler's Wells Ballet (later Royal Ballet) in 1956. From 1960-70 she was a Principal with the Royal Ballet touring company, filmed here in Cairo in 1969: https://youtu.be/qiYpYRIKRvU
Portrait credit https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ashley_Lawrence_and_Doreen_Wells_1964.jpg#mw-jump-to-license

25/06/2021

✨ We were honoured to be invited to be a part of the Waltham Forest, Antigua & Barbuda and Dominica Twinning Association launch of the #WindrushReach project at the Vestry House Museum on #WindrushDay2021 this week.

✨ With an aim to be a really powerful project that will help Caribbean families in Waltham Forest devastated by the Windrush scandal gain access to the Home Office’s Windrush Compensation Scheme.

📷 Photo left to right: Mary Bodden (BTC Co-Founder & Collective member), Mervin Caesar-John (Chair WFTA), Waltham Forest Mayor, Councilor Elizabeth Baptiste, Annette Henry (BTC Co-Founder + Collective member), Stephen Barnabis (@ProjectZeroWF Founder & BTC Co-Founder + Collective member) and Pauline Campbell (#WindrushReach/BTC Legal Advisor & Collective member)

Alan and Margaret Flowers at their bread and cheese stall, 1985. We think this photo was probably taken in Walthamstow. ...
04/06/2021

Alan and Margaret Flowers at their bread and cheese stall, 1985. We think this photo was probably taken in Walthamstow. Please let us know if you recognise this stall!
#CheeseDay

Alan and Margaret Flowers at their bread and cheese stall, 1985. We think this photo was probably taken in Walthamstow. Please let us know if you recognise this stall!
#CheeseDay

Mr Gilder with his bicycle in 1914. Our photo for #WorldBicycleDay.
03/06/2021

Mr Gilder with his bicycle in 1914. Our photo for #WorldBicycleDay.

Mr Gilder with his bicycle in 1914. Our photo for #WorldBicycleDay.

Timeline Photos
01/06/2021

Timeline Photos

The @weareherewf cabinets at @vestryhouse include the stories of these two formidable women, left and right, humbling indeed! Avaiable to view 10am - 5pm, Weds - Sun Image credit: instagram.com/monday.mp4/ #windrush #weareherewf #walthamforest #heritage #blackheritage

Our photo shows Mr Emms of Hitchman's Dairies on his milk round, c.1945.#WorldMilkDay
01/06/2021

Our photo shows Mr Emms of Hitchman's Dairies on his milk round, c.1945.
#WorldMilkDay

Our photo shows Mr Emms of Hitchman's Dairies on his milk round, c.1945.
#WorldMilkDay

Alfred Blaxland's of Chingford, 'Unsurpassed for Teas and Coffees'. Local directory advertisement from 1907, from our Lo...
21/05/2021

Alfred Blaxland's of Chingford, 'Unsurpassed for Teas and Coffees'. Local directory advertisement from 1907, from our Local Studies Library. #TeaDay

Alfred Blaxland's of Chingford, 'Unsurpassed for Teas and Coffees'. Local directory advertisement from 1907, from our Local Studies Library. #TeaDay

Timeline Photos
21/05/2021

Timeline Photos

REOPENED - We Are Here is back! @vestryhouse has reopened and is back in business - 10am-5pm, Weds - Sun Thanks @WFEcho @VestryHouse @wfcouncil @HeritageFundUK

Comedy acts dominate the bill at Walthamstow Palace Theatre in August 1909, alongside Johnny Summers the world light-wei...
16/05/2021

Comedy acts dominate the bill at Walthamstow Palace Theatre in August 1909, alongside Johnny Summers the world light-weight boxing champion, an Apache dance performance, a short Anglo-Russian drama and early film from Ruffell's Imperial Bioscope. Programme from our Local Studies Library.
#musichallvarietyday

We're thrilled to say that Vestry House Museum will reopen to the public from Wednesday 19 May 2021. Capacity will be li...
11/05/2021

We're thrilled to say that Vestry House Museum will reopen to the public from Wednesday 19 May 2021. Capacity will be limited due to coronavirus restrictions so you may be asked to queue. An online booking system will open soon. Our usual opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-5pm.

#museums #ukmuseums #LetsDoLondon #supportculture #supportmuseums

We're thrilled to say that Vestry House Museum will reopen to the public from Wednesday 19 May 2021. Capacity will be limited due to coronavirus restrictions so you may be asked to queue. An online booking system will open soon. Our usual opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-5pm.

#museums #ukmuseums #LetsDoLondon #supportculture #supportmuseums

08/05/2021

CHINGFORD THEN & NOW
Queen Elizabeth Hotel on Forest Side (Formally Queen Elizabeth's Hill) in 1911. It was reported that Joseph Long was a beer retailer at a converted private house in 1862. The 1891 census showed the occupants as, 'Martha Long, widow, public house keeper, living with six daughters, a son, a general servant, a barman and a cellarman.' There appears to have been a new building in 1900 and the owners became Whitbread & Co. #chingford #pub #history #london

This week marks 70 years since the opening of The Festival of Britain in May 1951. This national celebration of British ...
07/05/2021

This week marks 70 years since the opening of The Festival of Britain in May 1951. This national celebration of British arts, design and technology was centred on London's Southbank, but numerous local events took place across the country. Our photo shows the opening ceremony of Wathamstow's Festival of Britain celebrations at the Town Hall in 1951.

This week marks 70 years since the opening of The Festival of Britain in May 1951. This national celebration of British arts, design and technology was centred on London's Southbank, but numerous local events took place across the country. Our photo shows the opening ceremony of Wathamstow's Festival of Britain celebrations at the Town Hall in 1951.

Our beautiful garden through time. Thank you for joining our Facebook celebration of our 90th Birthday! Our museum first...
02/05/2021

Our beautiful garden through time. Thank you for joining our Facebook celebration of our 90th Birthday! Our museum first opened #OTD 2 May 1931. We look forward to reopening in 2021 and hope to see you then!
#VHM90

Some installations & displays spanning the decades at Vestry House. We Are Here WF 2020, local history display 1934, Bre...
02/05/2021

Some installations & displays spanning the decades at Vestry House. We Are Here WF 2020, local history display 1934, Bremer car gallery and Victorian Parlour. #VHM90

Some former Vestry House Museum colleagues in our galleries: Maureen, Cagla, Leanne, Gary. #VHM90
02/05/2021

Some former Vestry House Museum colleagues in our galleries: Maureen, Cagla, Leanne, Gary. #VHM90

Happy days in Vestry House Museum garden! Village Festival 1988, Apple Day early 2000s & 2011, 1940s day 2011. #VHM90
02/05/2021

Happy days in Vestry House Museum garden! Village Festival 1988, Apple Day early 2000s & 2011, 1940s day 2011. #VHM90

Vestry House in the 1960s when still Walthamstow Museum, and the Beating the Bounds ceremony in 1964. Vestry House becam...
02/05/2021

Vestry House in the 1960s when still Walthamstow Museum, and the Beating the Bounds ceremony in 1964. Vestry House became the local history museum for all of Waltham Forest sometime after the creation of the London Borough of Waltham Forest in 1965.
#VHM90

Images of Vestry House from our artwork collections. Early 20th century interior, probably from the period when Constanc...
02/05/2021

Images of Vestry House from our artwork collections. Early 20th century interior, probably from the period when Constance Demain Saunders lived here. Exterior by Walter E Spradbery, 1947.
#VHM90

The Panelled Room and police cell door, photographed in 1934 when the Walthamstow Museum opened its rear extension in th...
02/05/2021

The Panelled Room and police cell door, photographed in 1934 when the Walthamstow Museum opened its rear extension in the Old Armoury rooms. The panelling came from Essex Hall, demolished at this time. The police cell now houses our recreated scene from April 1861, when local labourer James Wright had been arrested for being drunk and disorderly. #VHM90

The museum at Vestry House first opened as Walthamstow Museum of Local History #OTD 2 May 1931. To celebrate our 90th an...
02/05/2021

The museum at Vestry House first opened as Walthamstow Museum of Local History #OTD 2 May 1931. To celebrate our 90th anniversary today we'll be sharing some of our favourite VHM images. This painting by A B Bamford depicts Vestry House in 1900. It featured on the lovely cake for our Diamond jubilee celebration in 2006. #VHM90

Pet cats with members of the Wire family! This image is from our collection of photographs taken by local photographer A...
11/04/2021

Pet cats with members of the Wire family! This image is from our collection of photographs taken by local photographer Alfred Wire, headmaster of Harrow Green Boys' School, c.1880s-1890s. #PetDay

Pet cats with members of the Wire family! This image is from our collection of photographs taken by local photographer Alfred Wire, headmaster of Harrow Green Boys' School, c.1880s-1890s. #PetDay

Our photo shows the Easter Fair at Lea Bridge Road, Leyton in 1957.
05/04/2021

Our photo shows the Easter Fair at Lea Bridge Road, Leyton in 1957.

Our photo shows the Easter Fair at Lea Bridge Road, Leyton in 1957.

Louisa Martindale (1872-1966), surgeon and suffragist. She studied at Royal Holloway College and the London School of Me...
30/03/2021

Louisa Martindale (1872-1966), surgeon and suffragist. She studied at Royal Holloway College and the London School of Medicine for Women before qualifying as MD in London, 1906. Setting up private practice initially in Brighton and later in London from 1923, she was senior surgeon at the New Sussex Hospital from 1911. She was involved in suffrage campaigns in both Hull and Brighton.

Louisa Martindale served as president of the British Medical Women's Federation, 1931 & the Medical Women's International Association, 1937-1947, having helped establish the latter in 1919. A pioneer of radium therapy in Britain, she claimed to have performed more than 7000 operations throughout her career. Appointed CBE in 1931, she published her autobiography 'A Woman Surgeon' in 1951.

Louisa Martindale was born in 1872 at Gainsborough Lodge, Gainsborough Road, Leytonstone, seen in our photo following its sale in 1964. Portrait: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Louisa_Martindale,_President_of_the_Medical_Women%27s_Federation.jpg
#WomensHistoryMonth

Hilda Martindale (1875-1952), civil servant. She was born in Leytonstone when her family lived at Gainsborough Lodge, Ga...
30/03/2021

Hilda Martindale (1875-1952), civil servant. She was born in Leytonstone when her family lived at Gainsborough Lodge, Gainsborough Road. She studied at Royal Holloway College and joined the civil service in 1900. Serving in the Home Office factory department from 1901-1933, she became senior lady inspector in 1912 & deputy chief inspector in 1925. In the early 1900s she travelled widely as a factory inspector, producing reports which informed campaigns for better working conditions for women. Her special responsibility for investigating accidents and industrial poisoning amongst women & girls from 1912 onwards led to close liaison with the Health of Munition Workers Committee during World War One.

Her final post was as director of women's establishments at the Treasury, 1933-1937. She sought to achieve equal pay for women civil servants and removal of the bar on civil service employment of married women, but did not succeed in these attempts. In 1935 she was appointed CBE. Our OS map section shows Gainsborough Road, Leytonstone in 1875, the year of her birth. Portrait https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/person/mp77010/hilda-martindale
#WomensHistoryMonth

In our final posts for #WHM2021 we focus on the Martindale family, firstly Louisa Martindale née Spicer (1839–1914), wom...
30/03/2021

In our final posts for #WHM2021 we focus on the Martindale family, firstly Louisa Martindale née Spicer (1839–1914), women’s activist. She grew up in a Congregationalist family in Woodford Green, becoming interested in women’s rights at a young age. Following marriage to widower William Martindale in 1871 she lived for about four years in Gainsborough Road, Leytonstone, where her daughters were born. Widowed in 1874, she later moved to Brighton. There she helped found the Women's Co-operative Movement and a women’s dispensary. A pacifist, she was active within the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies, committed to winning the vote with non-militant methods. Our photo shows Leytonstone as she knew it, Church Lane c.1886. Portrait https://spartacus-educational.com/Wmartindale.jpg
#WomensHistoryMonth

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My book about my grandfather, the controversial minister of Trinity Church, Walthamstow, is out on 2 November 2020. "Between Heaven and Earth" by Robert Nurden is my biography of my colourful relative, Stanley James, pastor of the Walthamstow Congregational church 1906-16. He both charmed and alienated his congregation with his feminism, communism and pacifism during the First World War. He also, as a husband and father of seven, scandalised his congregation by conducting passionate affairs with women in his congregation. Before that, as a young man in Canada, he was a cowboy, navvy, hobo, soldier in the US army, newspaper reporter and actor. After being sacked from his Walthamstow church, he joined pacifist organisations, worked alongside Bertrand Russell and eventually converted to Catholicism, counting GK Chesterton among his friends. A colourful life, indeed! You can buy this page-turner of a biography on Amazon.com after 2 November.
I have just noticed the madhatter event is sold out. I was planning to take my 3 years old with his little Peter rabbit costume along with my friend. I am gutted is sold out. Is there any waiting list or anyway to get an extra ticket? I would feel so bad my little boy misses out on this, he would love it so much!
Can you help? Do you know anyone who has/had a corner shop or worked at one in East London? As part of a heritage project for The National Trust we would like to arrange oral history interviews and collect photographs to capture the story of migration and the importance of the corner shop in the community. These will be archived with The British Library. The types of shops included will be newsagents, general stores, post offices and grocery shops in East London. If you know someone who can take part then please DM me or comment below.
There was recently a very interesting post by members of the group walthamstow memories. There are so many photographs of couples married at st Mary’s church. If this has not been done before it’s a wonderful idea for a future exhibition
Thank you for hosting a Honey Pot Theatre Company. Knitting Bee seemed to go down a storm and we had a great time too.
I remember going to local history talks at the Vestry House in the late 70s given by Mr Tonkin.
CGS were working in Shernhall Street today and were amazed to uncover this little beauty. Our clients have lived here since 1952 and had no idea the boiler was there. Amazing find indeed. Tel: 07816 504 352
Vestry House Museum aparfrom the santa thing, do you have to pay for the other christmas stuff such as the performances. or is it free to get in.
We had an awesome time visiting the wonderful Vestry House. Thank you to our local residents and Councillor Berberi for sharing your time with me.
Please look at the comments I’ve posted about the film nights! Can someone get back to me please?
My grandfather was a h simpkins who had the mineral water factory in the 1930’s. I believe my uncle donated labels etc which I believe are in your archives. It is not easy for me to get to London is there any way of photographs being taken for me and I’m happy to pay. Thank you