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Discover 'The Secret Garden' at Vestry House Museum’s late night event

Walthamstow’s Vestry House Museum will be celebrating springtime with a special late event on Friday 13 May as part of the nationwide Museums at Night festival.

Inspired by Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel, The Secret Garden, visitors will find all five senses engaged as they are immersed in the beauty and tranquillity of the museum’s garden.

Highlights of the evening include:

  • Learn about plants and their healing properties with medical herbalist Gail Farrow, and taste some fresh herbal teas.

  • Hear readings from Burnett’s novel, which have been specially chosen to reflect the uplifting nature of springtime.

  • Engage your green fingers: plant some seeds and watch them grow.

  • Try delicious Indian street food from E17’s very own Kolkati, who will be bringing a taste of India - the birthplace of Burnett’s heroine Mary Lennox - to Walthamstow.

  • Sample a unique range of cocktails inspired by the plants and flowers found in the Secret Garden.

The planting of Vestry House Museum’s garden is inspired by its history as an eighteenth-century workhouse garden, with an emphasis on useful plants including vegetables, herbs and dye plants. There is also a wild meadow area and a bed designed to attract butterflies.

Vestry House Museum Late events are a chance to relax and enjoy the secluded museum and garden while seeing them from a whole new perspective. Each event features local food, trails and activities for families, and cultural entertainment for everyone.

Notes to editors

Museums at Night: Secret Garden Late

Friday 13 May 2016

4.30pm – 9.00pm

Vestry House Museum

Vestry Rd


London E17 9NH

£2 donation on the door, free entry for children (all proceeds support Vestry House Museum’s exhibitions and events). No need to book – just drop in.

For further information and images please contact Ian Mason:

Tel: 020 8496 4726

Mob: 07740 046143


About Vestry House Museum

Owned and managed by Waltham Forest Council, 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.

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