A day in the life of a Victorian can be enjoyed by the whole family through our support towards the museums family learning programme.

The Ragged School Museum offers a unique experience, a living snapshot of Victorian childhood. The museum on Copperfield Road, Mile End East London welcomes more than 25,000 visitors every year. Here, in a reconstructed Victorian classroom, pupils on school visits can directly experience how their destitute Victorian counterparts were taught. There is also a contemporaneous East End kitchen here, so they can discover how hard domestic work was before electricity powered washing machines!

From 1877, Dr Barnardo’s Copperfield Road Ragged School in Mile End has provided education, food and clothing to some of the most destitute children in Victorian London.  At one stage over 1,000 pupils were on the school roll and 2,400 Sunday School pupils. It was the largest ragged school in London.

This is our second donation to The Ragged School Museum and the £3,000 will go towards free, drop-in Family Learning Holiday Activities in the school holidays. These activities are designed to engage the whole family, highlighting how learning together can be fun. It is estimated over 4,000 people will benefit from the Family Learning Programme over the year, here in what today remains a deprived area of London.

“Everyone at the Ragged School Museum feels proud and privileged to receive another donation from the Axis Foundation.  Your generosity is vital support for our lively family learning programme. We couldn’t be more grateful. Victorian philanthropy created the ragged school movement, today the Axis Foundation mirrors that generosity for new generations of children for which we are truly grateful” – Erica Davies, Ragged School Museum Director.