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Heritage resources

Below are some useful resources for teachers, students and community groups to use in their study programmes, focusing on historic buildings and landscapes at both national and local levels.

National resources

English Heritage provides educational material for students and teachers. They offer a range of resources which target topic areas through various key stages of the national curriculum.

The Geffrye Museum in east London has teacher and student resources which focus on the home, including domestic interiors and gardens. Imaginative suggestions are targeted at different learning groups with materials like ‘Walk through a Victorian House’ and a dedicated Kids’ Zone.

Victoria County History has developed learning resources for schools through its Heritage Lottery Fund project 'England’s Past for Everyone'. Resources are divided into teaching material and interactive resources. Teaching material uses model programmes which can be adapted for key stage teaching, with local examples and archive material. Interactive resources are for students to have fun while learning topics linked to key stages.

The Victorian Society campaigns for Victorian and Edwardian architecture. They offer a list of useful publications for education and publish leaflets on the architectural details of Victorian and Edwardian buildings.

The former Council for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) published getting out there (PDF) for teachers using the built environment at key stages three and four. This includes project ideas and useful advice on place, routes, space, building and public art.

Local resources

The Enfield Museum in Enfield Town's Dugdale Centre has an exhibition on Enfield life on the first floor and changing exhibitions on the ground floor. Online resources for schools are linked to these changing exhibitions. The museum also uses its collection to provide resources for teachers, schools and community groups, including loan boxes using historical objects to use with key stage topics. 

The Enfield Local Studies collection in the Dugdale Centre has a large archive of material about the former boroughs of Edmonton, Enfield and Southgate, which could be used for different key stage subject areas. Records include census data, photographs, maps, trade directories and auction catalogues. Education packs about the First and Second World Wars are also available. 

Local history factsheets provide an insight into Enfield's varied history, from its industry and railways to its religion and architecture. Notice boards showing the Edmonton Heritage Trail are at Edmonton Green Station, Church Street Edmonton, Monmouth Road Green and Angel Place. Leaflets are also available in Enfield’s hub libraries. You can follow the trail maps to see Enfield’s heritage come alive and discover more about the many interesting people who have lived here over the years. We are keen to promote and protect the rich heritage which helps to make Enfield the diverse area it is today.

Our Heritage and Design team help manage Enfield’s urban form, historic buildings and landscapes. The Conservation Area Appraisals give illustrated histories of study areas designated for protection and show surviving historic buildings.

If you have suggestions for other websites we could include on this page, email the Heritage team.