Originally opened in 1867 by Dr Barnardo the Ragged School Museum has a very colourful history.
When Dr. Barnardo came to London from Ireland in 1866 he arrived to a city that was rife with poverty, disease and overcrowding. The educational opportunities for the poor were non-existent. He gave up his medical training after watching the cholera epidemic sweep through London leaving 3,000 Londoners either dead or homeless and destitute.
Dr. Barnardo became a missionary and in 1867 he opened his first "Ragged School" where children could gain a free basic education. It was 10 years later when Barnardo's other Copperfield Road School opened its doors to children and for the next thiry-one years educated thousands upon thousands of London's youngsters. When it closed in 1908 the government schools had opened in the area which served the needs of the local families. The buildings then became warehouses for the goods that were being transported along Regent's Canal. After this they became used for a variety of purposes until they were rescued by The Ragged School Museum Trust.
The Museum was for the purpose of demonstrating schooling in the Victorian age. It gives its visitors a sense of how things really were for the children of The Ragged School. The Museum also has several gallery areas including a Victorian East End kitchen with all its historical artefacts. You can experience first hand what life was really like.
The hauntings of the Ragged School include ghost and spirit activity. There has been much recorded from Paranormal Groups which is not suprising when you consider the history of the building. Children's cries and laughing have been picked up on sound recordings, running has been heard and chanting. There has been a sighting of a school mistress and a cook. There has also been a sinister sighting of a shadow that just floats past but has been seen by many. There are lots of noises and responses to questions by tapping or banging.