Walthamstow Wetlands exhibition launches tonight at Vestry House

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Vestry House Museum is tonight launching a new exhibition that tells the story of the history of Walthamstow Reservoirs prior to its launch as London’s largest nature reserve.

Water and Life, the story of Walthamstow Wetlands opens at 6pm this evening. The reservoirs have had a long, varied history as a place where prehistoric mammoths once roamed, and early industries made their home. It played a vital part in the incredible growth of Victorian London.

Reservoirs
Reservoirs

The exhibition was created with support from the London Wildlife Trust, Thames Water and Waltham Forest council. Walthamstow Wetlands, which is due to open in 2017, is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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On 30 April this year, Sir David Attenborough opened Woodberry Wetlands, which make up two of the seven reservoirs in the area. Walthamstow Wetlands consists of the remaining five.

On opening the Wetlands, he said: “Knowing about the natural world and being in contact with the natural world is one of the most precious inheritances a human being can have.”

During half term, Vestry House Museum is hosting free family activities inspired by the Water and Life exhibition. 

Join artist Michelle Reader to create sculptures of the amazing birds, beasts and insects that can be found in Walthamstow Wetlands. These activities take place on Thursday 2 June and Sunday 12 June from 1:30pm – 4pm.

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Water and Life, the story of Walthamstow Wetlands opens today from 6pm – 8pm.

 

Vestry House Museum

Vestry Road
Walthamstow
London E17 9NH

Free: no need to book