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Ragged Music Festival

Last September the Ragged School Museum presented our very first musical festival. In our thirtieth year we branch out in a new direction, we are delighted that world class pianists Pavel Kolesnikov and Samson Tsoy devised three recitals which brought together some of the finest young musicians in Europe. Sponsored by Yamaha who provided a […]

Come and work with us!

We are currently looking for a new Museum Assistant to help run our school holiday activities. Read the Job Description here. For more information, or to apply, please contact our Learning Officer, Nicola at You can also phone the museum on 0208 980 6405. To apply please send us a recent CV and a […]

A Victorian Christmas at Barnardo’s

Have you wondered how the children at Barnardo’s homes would’ve spent their Christmas’? Well wonder no more as we have unearthed some information from a copy of Night and Day, a monthly newsletter by Dr Barnardo that updated people about what was happening with his philanthropic efforts. This information is about the plans for the […]

From Rags to Winners!

Thank you to every one that visited the Museum for our October Half Term Activities which this year celebrated the launch of Jacqueline Wilson’s new book Clover Moon. Over the two days we ran a competition to design and make a Ragged Victorian character, complete with profile and back story for a chance to win […]

Ragged Times: A Children’s Newspaper (part I)

June Half Term Activity Days here at the Ragged School Museum were entitled Children of Victorian Stories and also marked International Children’s Day celebrated on the 1st of June. For those of you who have not read the 1868 novel Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, The Pickwick Portfolio is a newspaper ran by four […]

And the Winner is….

  The Judges have made their decision! This past school holiday, over the May half term, the theme of our activities here at the Museum was “The Children of Victorian Stories”. Visitors to the Museum could have a go at getting Dorothy to Oz by making thier own cyclones, create their own Jungle Book scene […]

Just why does Victorian science rule?

We’ve been having a great time at the Ragged School Museum with our amazing Easter holiday activities. The theme was Victorian science, giving us a chance to learn a lot about some fantastic men and fabulous women who discovered, designed and invented things we now take for granted. So we thought we would tell you […]

Ragged Children, Mended Lives

In 1877, the few square miles around where the Ragged School Museum stands today was one of the most densely populated places on earth. In a then squalid corner of London, more than a million people – many of them desperately poor – faced hunger, unemployment, and disease. For destitute children and their families, the […]

Creating ‘A Study in Sherlock’ – Interning at RSM

By Kendall Taivalkoski “How did an American from Wisconsin end up being an intern at the Ragged School Museum? My University, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP), offers an amazing study abroad program that allows participants to take on an internship in conjunction with taking classes at the University of London Birkbeck. It is an […]

Interning at the Ragged School

“I’ve been an intern at the Ragged School Museum for just over a month now. I first heard about the position through my university’s careers website and the role of an education and development intern at a museum really appealed to me. I was (and still am) unsure about what I wanted to do after […]

“Are you a Victorian?” Being a Ragged School Volunteer

By Elizabeth Simmons “Are you a Victorian?” ” Where did the Victorians go to the toilet?” “Did Dr Barnardo live here?” “These are just some of the questions I get asked on a regular basis in my role as an Education Volunteer at the Ragged School Museum. I have been in this role for 11 […]

February Half Term at the Museum!

This February Half Term, we welcomed more than four hundred visitors through our doors, to discover the sights and sounds of Victorian London! We explored some of the tourist hot spots in the nineteenth century city, and our visitors got very crafty in the Art Room. Activities In celebration of the opening of the Zoological […]

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