Learning

Our highly interactive role-play workshops bring local history to life and object-handling sessions give children a first-hand opportunity to learn about the past by examining genuine historic artefacts.

A visit can support teaching across many curriculum areas. The Museum is particularly relevant to the study of local history and the development of historical enquiry skills, as well as supporting design and technology, geography, English and citizenship.

We are now taking school bookings for the first half of the autumn term. You will find a list of available workshops at the bottom of this page.

For more information and workshop prices please email vhm.schoolbookings@walthamforest.gov.uk.

Loan boxes

You can borrow a box for three weeks. It will be delivered and collected from your school by Waltham Forest’s eco-friendly ZED couriers.

Boxes are normally delivered on the third Wednesday of the month during term-time. A further fee is chargeable for any loss or damage. The service costs £50 for schools and community groups in Waltham Forest.

Please contact us on for full details of loan box contents and terms and conditions at vhm.schoolbookings@walthamforest.gov.uk and we will send them to you.

We Are Here resource pack

To accompany our We Are Here exhibition we have created a free resource pack to explore the lives and contributions of the ‘Windrush’ residents of Waltham Forest.

Local History Resource Pack – We Are Here

Workshops

The following workshops are currently available to book, with minor changes to content:

Key stage 1: 90-minute sessions

Then and Now: Toys & Games

In this workshop pupils will consider what makes a toy exciting and fun to play with. Through examination of handling objects, they will look at the differences between toys from 1880s and the types of toys they play with now.

Then and Now: Homelife

Children explore historic domestic objects from flat irons to candle snuffers and find out what cooking, cleaning, lighting, servant life and never-ending chores were like for people at the time. The session ends with a Museum tour.

Key stage 2: 120-minute sessions

How Walthamstow Has Changed

Children explore the different uses of the Museum from Workhouse to Police Station and investigate how Walthamstow has changed using historic maps and original photographs. The session ends with a Museum tour.

Crime and Punishment

Children gain an insight into crime and punishment in the past and how it compares with today using imaginative and informative games and drama activities, exploring historical documents, and experiencing prison life in Vestry’s unique prison cell. The session ends with a Museum tour.

Victorian School Experience

Children meet strict Victorian school mistress, Miss Stern, and find out what school was like for Victorian pupils through classroom role play, costume and object handling. Compare and contrast Walthamstow’s Victorian schools with what they are like today using our archive photos. The session ends with a Museum tour.

Please note that all workshop sessions will be held on Tuesdays when the museum is closed to the public. If you are unable to visit on a Tuesday, please contact us on the main booking email and we will try to accommodate you on a different day.