Vestry House Museum is the local history museum for Waltham Forest. It houses themed displays that capture the unique heritage of the local area including the famous Bremer Car, a Victorian parlour and displays on local manufacturers including Ensign, Britains and Wells-Brimtoy.
Situated in Walthamstow Village, the building was constructed in 1730 to house the parish workhouse, it was later used as a police station, an armoury, a building merchants and a private home. In 1931 the building opened to the public as a local history museum.
The Museum holds an extensive collection of photographs, artworks and objects that tell the story of Waltham Forest. This includes a collection of 80,000 historic photographs from across the Borough which is accessible to everyone by appointment.
The Waltham Forest Archives and Local Studies Library are also housed in the museum building. Holding both primary sources and printed publications, the search room is open to anyone by appointment and is a unique resource for researching local histories.
The museum and its award-winning volunteer-run garden are free to visit all year round, although we are currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions. Vestry House Museum is owned and operated by the London Borough of Waltham Forest.