A Unique Educational Experience in Edinburgh

Victorian classroom sessions, school & group visits in Edinburgh.

The History of Education Centre is a wonderful resource in Edinburgh for students and people of all ages

The History of Education Centre or ‘The Victorian Schoolroom’ provides a unique opportunity in Edinburgh to discover the changes that have taken place in schools and domestic life, in particular in the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

An Important Update for Our Visitors

The History of Education Centre has now opened again after 2 long years. We are taking bookings for April–June at present. We are keen to have schools visit us again and hear the scrape of slate pencils.

We can
bring the Victorian Schoolroom experience to your school
Click here to find out how.

We can
provide you with a loan box
for you to set up your own Victorian experience.

And why not take a look at our new
activity sheet?

Volunteering Opportunities

If you have an interest in education and/or history, enjoy acting and working with children, we would welcome you as a volunteer. Learn more


We rely mainly on visitors’ fees to cover our running costs. We are very grateful this year 2021 to receive a grant from Museums and Galleries Scotland (MGS) for The Renewing our Past: History of Education Centre COVID response to update our website and make digital content available to the public. If you would like to make a donation please contact our admin at histedcentre@gmail.com.

Our Affiliations & Partnerships

We are working in partnership with The Heart of Newhaven Community who are hoping to buy Victoria Primary School to use as community centre.  We also advertise on the Volunteer Scotland website.

Teacher & Visitor Testimonials

“It was super! It gave the children a taste of school in Victorian Times and demonstrated some of the jobs that they would have helped with at home.”

“Thanks for taking me back in time.”

“Brilliant-brings back some memories of school the benches blackboards the strap!”

“Brought history to life”

“You have given us lots to think and talk about.”

“Bring back the good old days!”