The Ragged School Museum is an independent museum in East London housed in unique canal-side warehouses. It was London’s largest Ragged School, a free school set up by philanthropist Dr Thomas Barnardo in 1877.
Today, the museum has new permanent exhibitions, a shop and a café/restaurant. We run a lively schools education programme, family holiday activities as well as adult visits and events which aim to engage visitors with wider themes of social action and the fight for universal free education.
Our light-filled top-floor space is available to hire for photoshoots and events.
And don’t forget to visit our new cafe on the towpath.
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