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Walthamstow museum to recreate a Victorian Christmas

Walthamstow’s Vestry House Museum will recreate the spirit of yuletides past at a free Victorian Christmas event on Tuesday 9 December.

Held to coincide with the Walthamstow Village Residents’ Association Christmas carol evening, the event will feature traditional Victorian activities, with free mulled wine and mince pies supplied by local restaurant and food brand EAT 17. 

Taking place from 3.30pm to 7.30pm, families will get the chance to make festive lanterns and young visitors can collect an early Christmas present from Santa for £3 – while grown-ups will receive a 10% discount in the Museum’s new shop.

The event will be swiftly followed by another Victorian-themed family activity day on Sunday 14 December, during which visitors can make sparkly gift boxes inspired by Victorian keepsake boxes – with help from artist Sba Shaikh. This free, drop-in event will take place from 1.30pm until 4.30pm.

Cllr Chris Robbins, Leader of Waltham Forest Council – which owns and runs Vestry House Museum – said: “Not only do these events promise to give local people a glimpse of Christmases past; they also represent a wonderful opportunity for families to come together and share in some festive cheer.”

The Museum, which is set in a former workhouse in the heart of historic Walthamstow Village, tells the story of the people of Waltham Forest. One of its most popular exhibits is the Victorian parlour, a recreation of a typical living room from around 1890. 

Notes to editors

A Victorian Christmas at Vestry House Museum

Tuesday 9 December, from 3.30pm – 7.30pm

Free entry, children’s presents £3

Family Activities: Christmas Gifts

Sunday 14 December, from 1.30-4.30pm

Vestry Road, Walthamstow, London E17 9NH

For further information or to request high-resolution images please contact Ian Mason:

020 8496 4726 

About Vestry House Museum

Vestry House Museum is the local history museum for Waltham Forest and home of Waltham Forest Archives and Local Studies Library. It tells the story of the borough through a series of permanent displays and special exhibitions. A favourite exhibit is Britain’s first petrol driven car, built by Frederick Bremer in 1892.

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