The Ragged School Museum near Mile End had to close today and cancel school visits after taking a pummeling from vandals. 26 windows were smashed in the Victorian canal-side building. It follows an earlier attack, last Thursday when windows to a storage space were put through by a group of, well, pillocks.
The museum, a small charity telling the story of Dr Barnardo and 19th Century schooling, estimates it lost £1,000 today because of the closure. Although the damage can be restored through insurance, repair work will no doubt cause further disruption.
We spent the night at the Ragged School a couple of years ago on a daft but fun ghost hunt. We didn’t see any spooks, but can confirm that this is an educational museum worthy of support and unworthy of vandalism.