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 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.