Studio Weave wins Walthamstow museum commission

Ros Doré, councillor and cabinet commissioner for culture at Waltham Forest Council said: ‘We are thrilled to be working with Studio Weave on the revitalisation of Vestry House Museum.

The 1,800m² revitalisation – due to complete in 2026 and supported by the council’s Levelling Up Fund programme – will upgrade the building’s heritage and community offer, improve access and energy efficiency, and deliver new creative workspaces and a café.

Walthamstow’s Vestry House Museum tells the story of Waltham Forest through its collection of more than 100,000 historical objects and themed displays. Highlights include the Bremer Car, a Victorian parlour, toy collections, a photo archive and a volunteer-run garden.

Working in consultation with local residents, the project will transform the local history museum into a new heritage destination focusing on the diverse stories of Waltham Forest and its people.

Studio Weave director Eddie Blake said: ‘Waltham Forest is investing in the arts at a time when elsewhere funding is limited and culture is struggling. This is both essential and a great thing to be involved in.

The archives and local studies library will move to a larger and more accessible space in nearby Walthamstow Library in early 2024 and the Vestry House Museum site will close in readiness for the project early next month.


‘Their work on Lea Bridge Library shows they have the sensitivity and expertise to work with us to bring new life to this important historic asset, making it more accessible, inclusive and exciting for all the borough’s residents to enjoy.’

The practice – working with artist Verity-Jane Keefe and engineer Webb Yates – defeated an undisclosed shortlist to win the commission, which was tendered by Waltham Forest Council last year.

The revamped Vestry House Museum will welcome up to 80,000 visitors per year, deliver an enhanced learning and training programme for up to 60 school visits annually, and provide 60 training and employment opportunities for local young people.

‘Vestry House Museum is a great opportunity to lead a talented local team in delivering an important architectural project that will improve access to the borough’s culture and historic archives, while expanding the use of the building to attract a wider audience. Studio Weave is proud to be working on such a significant building.’