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Vestry House Museum: river themed fun at Love the Lea late night event

Love the Lea and Vestry House Museum present an evening of entertainment and activities to celebrate our local rivers at a special after-hours event welcoming the onset of spring.

London’s rivers are the inspiration for Vestry House Museum Late: Love the Lea. The Museum has joined forces with London’s leading waterway charity Thames 21 and its Love the Lea campaign to curate a night of river themed fun with experimental light projections, poetry, music and activities.

The line-up:

  • An experimental light show by artist duo Pond Scum - Inspired by their interest in waterborne microbial cultures, Pond Scum use distinct bodies of water, plant life and natural materials as a backdrop to their multi-media performances featuring film, improvised sound, text and live projections.

  • A river discussion - Author of London’s Lost Rivers, Tom Bolton, will discuss the secret network of rivers that spreads across the city and runs beneath some of London’s most iconic and historic sites. He will reveal an aqueous world populated by characters both famous and infamous, including politicians, forgers, actors, architects, athletes, monarchs and murderers. 

  • An artistic experience - Silvia Krupinska, artist-in-residence for the London Wetland Centre, will reveal her work exploring how we relate to a variety of water environments through our experiences.

  • Poetry readings - East London based Forest Poets will perform new work inspired by the capital’s rivers.

  • Chart the course of the river Ching using historic maps from the collections of Waltham Forest Archives and Local Studies Library. 

  • Live music - Music from traditional folk artist Anna Skodbo, and experimental vocalist Georgia Rodger. 

  • Hands-on fun - Get creative and make your very own river themed head piece or mask.

  • Enjoy a beer - Have a drink at the bar with beer provided by award-winning urban craft brewery Redemption Brewing Company.

The bar and permanent displays will be open all evening. 

Notes to editors

Vestry House Museum Late: Love the Lea

Friday 18 March 18:30 - 22:00

Free entry. No need to book.

Vestry House Museum

Vestry Road


London, E17 4JH

For further information please contact Ian Mason:

020 8496 4726

07740 046143

About Vestry House Museum Lates

Vestry House Museum’s Lates are a chance to experience the Museum from a whole new perspective. Each late features music, art, poetry and drink inspired by the Museum’s permanent collection and the history and social life of this area of East London.

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. Set in an 18th century former workhouse in the heart of historic Walthamstow Village, the Museum 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.

About Thames 21

Thames21 is one of the country’s leading waterway charities that aims to put rivers at the heart of community life. We work with communities across Greater London to improve our rivers  and canals for people and wildlife. 

The Love the Lea Campaign raises awareness of the rivers of the Lea Catchment and undertakes practical improvement projects to improve them. 

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