Discover’s mission is to extend the benefits of the arts to all children and their communities. We are committed to celebrating the artist in every child and promoting access to the arts for all children, regardless of ability or socioeconomic status. We believe the arts are critical to child and youth development and to strong and vibrant communities.


Over 95,000 children and adults visit the venue each year with 69% of our visitors from our local boroughs of Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Barking and Dagenham, and Waltham Forest.

Discover runs a series of community and education programmes, designed to improve children’s reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, particularly for those who are underachieving.

Catching Words

3,000 children in schools across London, Essex and Hertfordshire have participated in this programme, to prevent underachievement in literacy during primary education.

“Children made observable progress in their confidence as writers, their understanding of story structure and became more assured and fluent in their use of spoken language.” Dr Kelly, Goldsmiths University.

Schools Programme

19,840 schoolchildren visited the Story Trail or Exhibition.
95% of teachers said they would use the techniques and learning in their ongoing teaching.
97% of teachers said that they would bring a class to Discover again.

“A delightful blend of storytelling and role play that develops the children’s imaginations and language for stories. An awesome trip, definitely worthwhile for children and adults.” Teacher, Horn Park Primary, Lewisham.

Mighty Mega Saturday Club provides weekly sessions for children aged 5-11 years with disabilities and Special Educational Needs, and their families.

78% of children have experienced real progress and improvement in their lives.
75% of parents have seen improvements in their child’s communication skills.
44% said they had noticed increased creative skills in their child.
56% said their child had gained in self-confidence.

Discover is “a place where a child with a disability isn’t just tolerated but positively welcomed. The children can have the kind of time they want to match their different moods… For us, Discover is a home from home.” Mighty Mega parent

Word Play aims to extend our reach to more schools and families in Waltham Forest, particularly those in the most deprived areas of the borough. Discover takes a series of workshops to local schools, leading up to two free family fun days of performances, events and activities with leading artists, poets and authors.

The Children’s Forum was set up during a consultation period in 2000, and continues today, to advise and input into the strategic and artistic direction of the organisation. This group of 30 children aged between 5-11 years meets every month to discuss, debate and act as consultants on various issues relating to the centre, and more widely, to Stratford and their home borough of Newham. They are involved in running projects, the recruitment of Story Builders, exhibition design and reviewing projects. During their regular meetings at Discover, participants take part in team-building activities, gaining skills in participation, communication and teamwork, strengthening members’ sense of responsibility, and becoming ambassadors for the centre and what it represents.

To donate and help us keep our projects going, click here.

To book an outreach session, please call us
on 020 8536 5555 Mon-Fri 10am-5pm,
or email bookings@discover.org.uk.