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What are your prices for 2018/19?

£157 per class. £140 per class for Tower Hamlets schools.  

Have your prices changed/gone up?

As many of you may know, the Ragged School Museum is a charity that receives no public funding and runs on a staff of 2.7 members (Jennie and Matt job-share, making up one). With the great opportunity but administrative burden of our upcoming Heritage Lottery Fund project to open up more of the building to […]

Is there a giftshop?

Yes, and schools are very welcome to use it on their visit. We stock many items from 35p to a couple of pounds, so the shop is affordable for all. You can also pre-order items using the form sent when you make your booking. If you are coming in the afternoon and need to be […]

Can we do a self-guided visit?

Unfortunately not. We are a relatively small building and the schools booked in will be taking up most of the Museum. If you are a local school, then there is a possibility of coming for a self-guided visit before 10.15 am or after 3pm. Please call us on 0208 980 6405 to discuss this.

Can we do a pre-visit/risk assessment?

Of course, just give us a call on 0208 980 6405 or email to arrange a time. We are generally here Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm.

What’s the best way to get to you?

If you are coming on public transport, we are closest to Mile End tube station and Limehouse DLR station. It takes about 10 minutes to walk from either. Please see our Directions page for more information. If you are coming by coach, we have coach bays directly outside the Museum.

Do the children need to dress up in Victorian costume?

Not at all, many schools come in their uniform. However, coming in costume is something we encourage as it adds an element of fun to the day and helps children get into character. They’ll be in an authentic Victorian classroom, so why not dress the part? When your booking is made we will send you […]

Do you have disabled access?

Yes, but to the Ground Floor only. Due to the nature of the building, there is no step-free access beyond the Ground Floor. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience. If you are an SEN class with several wheelchair users, we will run all your sessions from the Ground Floor. If you are a class […]

What facilities are there at the Museum?

A lunchroom – available for the morning sessions only. There are also picnic benches opposite the Museum in Mile End Park, perfect for the summer! A gift shop – stocking all sorts of treats, from 35p upwards. Schools are very welcome to use the shop when they visit, or pre-order items using the confirmation form. […]

How do we pay?

For 2018/19 The school will  be invoiced for the children’s trip fees after the visit. The invoice is payable by cheque or BACS within 14 days. We discourage schools from bringing cash on the day to pay for the children’s trip fees. If you have pre-ordered any items from the shop, they will be added […]

How do I book?

You can book by contacting us on 0208 980 6405 or by emailing Please note, we tend to book up about 4 months in advance, so please call us asap to avoid disappointment!  

What are the timings of a school visit?

We offer two time slots in the day… Morning sessions run from 10.15am to 1.15pm, including a lunch break. Afternoon sessions from 1.20pm to 2.40pm. The end time is flexible, please let us know if you’d like to leave earlier. Please note: From the start of the academic year 2017/2018, the Victorian East End Kitchen […]

What activities do you offer children with Special Education Needs?

The museum offers specially-designed SEN sessions focused on the Victorian period which explore the concept of old and new. In these sessions, led by trained staff, children will handle historical objects and costumes from both the Victorian schoolroom and home. Please call us to discuss the requirements of your group. We work with the class […]

What activities do you offer KS3 & KS4 children?

The Museum offers KS3 and KS4 pupils the opportunity to partake in the Victorian Classroom session, as well as a worksheet-based activity that explores our exhibition ‘Ragged Children, Mended Lives’. If you are a Secondary School and feel that your class would enjoy a visit to the Museum, please call us on 0208 980 6405 […]

What activities do you offer KS2 children?

The Victorian Lesson As delivered by an actor in full Victorian dress and set in an authentic replica of one of Dr Barnardo’s classrooms where he taught thousands of Victorian street children, this session delivers an unforgettable experience for children. Pupils will be transported back to the 1880s and learn first hand what Victorian schooling […]

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