Heritage resources

This list is for teachers, students or community groups who want to use Enfield’s built heritage in their programmes of study. It focuses on online resources for using historic buildings and landscapes that are available at both national and local levels. We hope that access to these resources will help study of Enfield’s rich heritage and engagement with it.

The list is divided into national and local resources. It is not intended to be comprehensive but should give some useful first pointers as to what is available. If there are more sites that you think should be on this page please contact the Heritage and Design team.

National online resources

English Heritage provides educational material for both students and teachers. A good range of resources is designed for use by teachers and targets topic areas through the various Key Stages of the national curriculum.

The Geffrye Museum in east London has teacher and student resources that are focussed on the home, including domestic interiors and gardens. Imaginative suggestions are targeted at different learning groups including schools, students, teachers and communities. Materials available include a ‘Walk through a Victorian House’ and a dedicated Kids’ Zone.

The VCH (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 that can be adapted for Key Stage teaching, using local examples and archive material. Interactive Resources is intended to be a fun resource for school students and each topic is linked to a particular Key Stage.

The Victorian Society, which is concerned with Victorian and Edwardian architecture, acknowledges that it cannot provide individual sessions with schools but does offer a list of useful publications for educational use. It also publishes advisory leaflets on architectural details of Victorian and Edwardian buildings e.g. tiles or windows.

The former Council for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) published Getting out there (PDF, 2.3MB) for teachers using the built environment at Key Stage three and four. The publication has engaging project ideas and a lot of useful advice around the themes of place, routes, space, building and public art.

Local resources

The Enfield Museum is now in the Dugdale Centre in Enfield Town. It has a fascinating permanent 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 designed for use with particular Key Stage topics. 

The Enfield Local Studies collection is also in the Dugdale Centre and has an extensive archive of material relating to the former boroughs of Edmonton, Enfield and Southgate that could be used in a number of subject areas at different Key Stages. Records include census data, photographs, maps, trade directories and auction catalogues. Education packs relating to the Victorians are in preparation. Packs relating to the First and Second World Wars were produced by the service in late 2014 with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund ‘Our Heritage’ project. 

Local history factsheets are also available.

The Council’s Heritage and Design team is based in the Civic Centre and forms part of the Regeneration and Planning service involved in the management of Enfield’s urban form, historic buildings and landscapes. Although not specifically designed for use by schools, Conservation Area Appraisals give illustrated histories of the development of their study areas designated for protection and indicate the extent to which historic buildings have survived. 

Enfield has a number of community study groups with a particular interest in the historic built environment in their local area. For further information, contact details are given below: