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Now on Facebook

7 Dec

Now the Workshop is on Facebook.

Keep in touch and let us know what you think!


Open meetings

12 Nov

We’re hoping to have some open meetings in 2014 so anyone interested in oral history in general, or our work in particular, can find out more, without coming to a more formal meeting.

Each meeting would have a special focus so you can learn more about a topic of interest.

We’ll put more details on this blog and the website.


Sound clips added

31 Oct

The Workshop supplied 11 sound clips to Vestry House Museum for the Toys exhibition, and we’ve added them to the website.

Go to and choose sound clips from the menu.




31 Oct

We had a fascinating visit last Saturday to the Henry Moore Foundation in Perry Green, Herts – on the penultimate day of the season, and while the Rodin/Moore exhibition was still open.

A great and inspiring day.


Words over Waltham Forest event

22 Sep

How many local people now remember the Winns Avenue School strike, Leyton Gas Works, Jones the Butchers in Wood Street, the Palace Theatre…?

A century of social and technological change has transformed life in Waltham Forest, our streets and buildings, home life, work and leisure activities. As the years go by, fewer and fewer people remember how we used to live, and local events that once made national headlines are forgotten. On Saturday 16th November, you can hear the past come back to life in the words of ordinary people whose stories shed new light on the history of our community.

A presentation highlighting a selection of these vivid, dramatic and moving stories, some including memories dating back more than a hundred years, will take place at 3pm, 3.30pm and 4pm. There will be opportunities for you to share your own memories of Waltham Forest and perhaps make a short recording to add to the WFOHW archive at Vestry House Museum.

You can also drop in at the Waltham Forest Archives and Local Studies Library and the Photo Collection for an introduction to the service.

Please note the Museum and Community Room are wheelchair accessible, but the Archive is only accessible by stairs.


Words over Waltham Forest

16 Sep

From October 26 – November 17 Waltham Forest will be alive with words as this new literary festival excites and surprises the borough.

WFOHW is planning a special event, looking at the power of the spoken words from our oral testimonies gathered over 30 years.

More details to follow.



31 Jul

Thanks to LBWF’s Vestry House Museum we have added three historic pictures to our page on Walthamstow’s toy-making industries.

One shows workers in the Wells-Brimtoy works in around 1947,  producing a new line for export to America!

And two others show Britain’s factory in Blackhorse Road (outside and inside).

We still would like to hear from anyone with memories of these sites, first hand or passed on from others.