Ouseburn Valley is a region often used to help facilitate learning at all levels, from primary school children to university students. We've collated some of the most popular learning materials which have been developed by the Ouseburn Trust, our volunteers and external contributors. If you have a specific request and think we can help, please get in touch

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Heritage & history

Co-ordinating a day of learning in the Valley


Using Ouseburn as a regeneration case study

Video and oral history

We hold a collection of recorded memories from local people who lived in Ouseburn and sheltered in the Vicrtoria Tunnel during WWII:

For a contemporary perspective, watch the Voices from the Ouseburn Valley video or explore the perspectives of people living in the Malings

Resources developed specifically for Geography studies 

Guided walks

We can arrange leaders for the following guided walks on the subject of regeneration in Ouseburn Valley. Walks last 1-1 1/2 hours and cost £50 for up to 20 people. Please email us to arrange a suitable time and date for a visit.

  • Ouseburn’s Regeneration story – Dale Bolland shows how Ouseburn has changed from the 1980s to the development of mixed-use, slow-burn bottom-up regeneration of the Valley over the past 30 years - and where it might go next. Dale is the former City Council Regeneration Officer for Ouseburn, an extremely knowledgeable and well-connected guide.
  • Heritage-themed Regeneration in Ouseburn - Mike Greatbatch explains how the promotion and enhancement of the Ouseburn heritage and community history helped to change perceptions of the area and establish Ouseburn as a visitor destination and heritage hot spot. Mike is the former Heritage Officer for Ouseburn, now freelance, and an expert and fascinating guide to the heritage of the area.
  • Rise and Fall and Rise of Ouseburn - Liz Cowans illustrates the changing fortunes of Ouseburn's industries since the 19th-century and the lives of workers in the Valley on a guided walk down Stepney Bank and along Lime Street. Liz is a former Geography teacher and an experienced heritage education volunteer with the Trust.


For individual students seeking information for their research, we can offer a one-hour interview with either the former Regeneration Officer or the Trust's Chief Officer, depending on the subject of the research.

We invite a £20 donation for this, or alternatively a student may undertake two hours voluntary work improving the Ouseburn environment, usually on a Saturday morning. Please email us to arrange a suitable time and date for an interview.

Heritage and History

Learning in the Victoria Tunnel

The Victoria Tunnel offers a fascinating experience for children studying either the Victorian period or World War Two. We offer private school group visits to the Tunnel which can be developed around individual needs. 

If you're interested in studying the Victoria Tunnel at any level and require some specific resources or details, get in touch

Download the brief history of the Victoria Tunnel (pdf)

Heritage learning for children

  • KS1 - Jenny's Journey is a learning package which explores the story of a young girl who grew up in the Ouseburn Valley. It explores learning around history, geography and science. 
  • KS2 and KS3 - Who Killed Lizzie Dowson is a resource which explores the story of a girl who died of lead poisoning in 1891, aged 18. 

Co-ordinate a day of learning in the Valley

In addition to our freely accessible resources, private walking tours and Victoria Tunnel visits, Ouseburn is filled with organisations which can provide an educational and entertaining experience. If you are coordinating activities outside the classroom, there are lots of things to do in Ouseburn for the whole family.

Our neighbouring organisations also offer excellent learning opportunities:

You can either arrange visits directly, or we can offer a number of packages that combine a visit to the Victoria Tunnel with other learning opportunities.