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

An Important Update for Our Visitors

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.

The doors of the Victorian Schoolroom may be temporarily closed but rest assured we are working hard behind the scenes to get up and running again, and we are looking forward to the day when we can safely invite visitors back to experience the wonderful ambience of our classroom and to handle all the exhibits in our Museum room. As soon as we can do that safely we will.

Please explore our new website including our new activity sheet.

Remember too you can borrow one of our Loan Boxes which contains a variety of objects, including dressing up clothes, to use in your classroom.


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!”