Local history

Our local area teems with history. At the Ragged School Museum, we focus on the past two hundred years, but what we now know as “The East End” has far earlier roots. Way back in Roman times, London was an important administrative and commercial centre, and has remained so over the centuries.

The history of the East End is inextricably tied to that of London as a whole: the East End berthed the ships that brought trade and wealth, it welcomed and housed the successive waves of immigrants that allowed London to grow, it provided entertainment venues for the gentry and local people, it was a place where industry, commerce and markets came together. And in 2012 the world’s eyes were focused on East London as we hosted the Olympic and Paralympic Games!