Vestry House Museum
Vestry House Museum holds a small collection of film and video. It is a real mix of material - home movies and films made by artists, documentaries and promotional films.
Vestry House Museum presents the history of the London Borough of Waltham Forest. It is attractively located in the heart of historic Walthamstow Village. The themed displays explore domestic life, local history, fashion and toys. Highlights include the Victorian parlour, the police cell and the beautiful garden. The real star is the Bremer car, one of the first British built cars, made right here in Walthamstow!
Phone: 020 8496 4391
Access: Only films on DVD can currently be viewed, and by appointment only. Vestry House Museum is wheelchair accessible.
Only one film is on public display, but is one of our best as it shows the Bremer car on the road. The car is one of the gems in the collection. It is believed to be the first British built internal combustion engine car. It was a one-off, built by local resident Frederic Bremer in 1892. Anyone who sees it wonders what it would be like to drive it - the film gives us a good idea! In 1964, two local enthusiasts entered the Bremer car into the Brighton Run, a race for vintage cars. The film follows the car in the race, doing well at about 8 miles an hour, but needing a little push from bystanders when going up a hill. It documents refuelling and some repairs on the road. Our thanks to the Walthamstow CineVideo Club, Nick Bremer and Acorn Films for this wonderful piece of film