New Maps

Alongside the launch of the new mobile phone app, Sara Carneholm has designed a new fold out map. Available from Vestry House Museum, William Morris Gallery, the Mill and several local cafes. Thanks to Jo Parker for the photo.

Ex-Warner Project fold out map

Walking tour app

As part of the Ex-Warner Project, we created an mobile phone and tablet walking tour app. The free app, is available for both iPhone and Android phones. It includes three different walking tours around the former Warner estates in Walthamstow and Leyton. The walks are based on walks given by Walthamstow Historical Society and Leyton & Leytonstone Historical Society. Each walk is around 2 miles long, with about 11 stops. At each stop there are archive photos, contributed by local families as well as Vestry House Museum, audio with historical information and ephemera. There are also links to some of […]

New walking tour app for Walthamstow & Leyton

Warner Tea Party

Yesterday we had a tea party at Vestry House Museum for current and former Warner residents. It was incredibly busy! The longest resident had lived in a Warner property for over 80 years, and the newest for only 8 months. One woman had come all the way up from Petersfield and brought an article from the Waltham Forest Guardian, from 1964 – it was the story of Mr Norswothy, her uncle, who was on his way to pay the weekly rent money collected from tenants into the bank. He was accompanied by a driver and a bodyguard. On the way they were […]

Exhibition Opening

After many months of hard work by artists and volunteers, WE: The Ex Warner Estate in Waltham Forest opened to the public on 28 October. The private view was packed with former and current residents of the estate, local residents and artists. Lucy and Katherine gave a speech, along with a lovely speech by the last manager of the estate, Roger Dear. Thanks to all who attended. The exhibition is now open to the public until 19 February 2016. Vestry House Museum Vestry Road London E17 9NH Wed-Sun 10am-5pm 020 8496 4391 Free entry

Day 3 of 4 of Installation

After three days of painting, measuring and hanging the exhibition is starting to take shape! We have a lovely team of volunteers who have worked so hard to help! Thank you to them all.

BBC Radio London interview

Thanks to Jo Good on BBC Radio London this afternoon for having Katherine Green on to talk about the upcoming WE exhibition at Vestry House Museum. During the show Jo got loads of calls and texts from Ex Warner residents sharing their memories! You can listen again online at the BBC website or via iPlayer. The Warner Estate item starts at 2 hours, 5 mins.

232 Markhouse Road, Walthamstow

Today we received more fantastic photos from a family who are now in Chepstow but previously lived in 232 Markhouse Road. Susan’s father was a photographer and used to develop his own photos in the bathroom of their flat. By the time we received these we had already finalised and agreed all of the exhibition layouts, but these were so good we managed to squeeze one into the exhibition. We’re very grateful to Susan for getting in touch. Susan said of this photo: “Found this photo of my sister and I, about 1952, reaching up for apples from Mr and […]

Courtesy of Susan Cave

Article in The Times

Thanks very much to Richard Morrison for the great article in the Arts page of The Times today. If you’re not a Times subscriber you can access two articles a month for free if you sign up.  

Courtenay Road, WW1 Street Party, courtesy of Vestry House Museum