Housed in what was once London's biggest Ragged School, this popular, family-friendly museum welcomes people of all ages to taste a slice of Victorian life. Located beside the Regent's Canal, the Museum offers, through roleplay, hands-on exhibits and talks, an authentic and memorable experience of the poor of the East End a century ago.
The museum has several gallery areas, a reconstructed Victorian Classroom and a Victorian East End Kitchen displaying its own collection of historical artefacts, all designed for hands-on inspection. This is a museum where you can sit at the school desks, use the tin bath and experience what life was like for the Victorian poor of the East End of London.
At the heart of the Ragged School Museum is our unique classroom, where each year some 14,000 children come to experience a glimpse of Victorian life. The room has been recreated in one of Dr Barnardo’s original classrooms, restored as it was in the 1870s when the great social reformer, newly arrived from Dublin, set up his free school for poor children in the East End of London.
The classroom is equipped with authentic and well-used school desks, slate writing boards and chalks, blackboards and easels and even dunce hats.