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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 […]

Green Flag Award for the Lower Regents Canal!

Congratulations to Dave and Molly from the Lower Regent’s Coalition for all of their relentless hard work!   The Regents Canal between Limehouse Basin and Mile End Rd is recognized as one of the UK’s very best green spaces! Today, a record number of parks and green spaces collect a Green Flag Award  The Lower […]

Heritage Lottery Fund Announcement!

The Ragged School Museum is delighted to announce that it has been supported with £4.3 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund. This money is crucial to the safeguarding of the building and the work of the museum. We are enormously grateful to everyone who was involved in making this happen, especially National Lottery players! For […]

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 […]

The Dr’s Desk!

Today the Museum dug out part of it’s collection on loan from Barnardo’s to go on display for the first time. Dr Barnardo’s very own desk will be on display this weekend as the Ragged School Museum and Barnardo’s team up to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Barnardo’s work since his arrival in London in […]

Open House for Barnardo’s 150th Anniversary!

Barnardo’s & Ragged School Museum have teamed up to celebrate Barnardo’s 150th anniversary. 10:00am to 4:00pm Join us on Saturday 7th May for our Open House including Victorian lessons to transport you back to the time of Dr Barnardo!

63 Years of Queen Vic – Summer 2015

This Summer Holiday we welcomed more than 1,300 visitors to the museum to take part in our free family events! With Queen Elizabeth II set to take over Queen Victoria as Britain’s longest reigning monarch, we decided to explore some of the key events, inventions and traditions of Victoria’s reign! Our visitors got their crafty […]

Lorraine’s Lessons at the Ragged School

This summer, a team from ITV’s Lorraine joined the Ragged School Museum to film a short fashion VT.   Using our lovely top floor classroom, the short film included a lesson in refreshing your wardrobe for Autumn’s trends! Watch the video here. For more information on shooting at our location, please click here.

Museum prepares for summer holiday!

It’s the 1st of July – and that means that the summer holidays are just round the corner. We’re beginning to prepare a programme of brilliant FREE activities for families.  In September, our current Queen Elizabeth II is set to take over from Queen Victoria (1837-1901) as Britain’s longest reigning monarch. In celebration of the […]

City & Guilds Art School to Host Exhibition “Liminal”

Students at the City & Guild London School of Art are to hold an interim show of first and second year painters and sculptors. The private view will be held on the evening of Thursday 18th June at 6pm. The exhibition will take place on the top floors of the museum, in one of the original […]

May Half Term a wonderful success!

This May Half Term the museum enjoyed the greatest number of visitors during the May school holiday in ten years! Thanks to all those who joined us – new and faces and old!  This half term we considered style and fashion in the Victorian Era, with visitors designing and making their own glorious top hats, […]

Museum prepares for May Half Term

With just a week to go, the museum prepares its programme of activities during May Half Term The Education team are busy, busy, busy getting ready for May Half Term! Learning Officers Jennie and Danie, plus a team of fab volunteers, are preparing activities and displays for visitors to enjoy during the holidays. On Wednesday […]

This Easter at the Ragged School

Thanks to all our visitors who joined us during our programme of free arts activities over the Easter Holiday!     This Easter, we looked to 19th century art and design as our inspiration. We considered the work of William Morris, the Martinware brothers and Charles Rennie Mackintosh, as well as admiring some beautiful Gothic […]

ITV Drama Arthur & George

On Monday 2nd March, ITV’s new drama ‘Arthur and George’ premiered. The three parter will explore the relationship between Sir  Arthur Conan Doyle and George Edaljii. The drama is based on the novel by Julian Barnes. In November, the film crew joined us here at the museum for a day long shoot! Planning on watching […]

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