Redbridge Museum is currently closed for redevelopment
An exciting, brand new permanent Redbridge Museum will open in early 2023. While we are closed, we will continue to have a presence online and our staff will be working with residents, community groups and schools to plan the new Museum.
A new Redbridge Museum - tell us what you think
Thanks to a £100,000 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and funding from Arts Council England, Art Fund and others, a new permanent Redbridge Museum exhibition will open in early 2023. This is an exciting opportunity to revamp the Museum's much-loved permanent exhibition.
We want to find out what you'd like to see in the new displays.
Please complete this short survey to tell us what you think
Find out more about the New Redbridge Museum
Redbridge Museum explores the many different people, places and events which make up the history of our Borough.
What's in the Museum?
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What's in the Museum?
Moving Stories Meet some of the people who have lived and worked in Redbridge between 1940 and today
The March of Bricks and Mortar Discover how Redbridge grew from a number of villages to a modern suburb between 1900 and 1939
Rural Redbridge Find out what life was like in the local area in the 1800s
Time Zone Explore over 150,000 years of local history through interactive displays.
Since opening in 2000, we have worked with hundreds of local people, produced more than 70 exhibitions and displays, attracted more than 200,000 visitors, held over 600 family activities, and taught 33,518 school pupils. Find out more about how we work in partnership with local groups and individuals
Take a 360° Virtual Tour of Redbridge Museum
Asian Roots in Redbridge: exhibition open now!
Redbridge Museum has opened an exhibition exploring the history of South Asian life in Redbridge, from the borough's historic links to the East India Company and the Raj, to stories of migration in the 20th Century and today's vibrant communities.
Find out more about Asian Roots
Sylvia Pankhurst website
Redbridge Museum has launched a new website about Sylvia Pankhurst, who lived in Woodford from 1924 to 1956.
The website explores her early work as an artist, her political campaigns, and her later life in Woodford and Ethiopia.
Visit the Sylvia Pankhurst website
As part of this project, a major exhibition about the Club is now open to view at Cricklefield Stadium, Ilford. The exhibition features photographs, programmes, memorabilia and more.
Visit the Ilford FC website for more information on how to view the exhibition.
An accompanying book is also available for purchase from the Club or from Redbridge Heritage Centre on the second floor of Redbridge Central Library.
Your Covid Story
Redbridge Museum is collecting stories about life in the London Borough of Redbridge during the coronavirus pandemic.
We want to know about your daily walks, working or schooling from home, and the ways your community has come together to support one another.
Your Stories will help to document the impact of the pandemic on our borough and will form part of the collections at Redbridge Museum and Heritage Centre.
If you have photos or videos, diaries, artwork, or a story to tell, please contact email@example.com
Memories of Windrush
Using interviews conducted by Redbridge Museum & Heritage Centre from 2002 to 2018, this short film explores the memories and experiences of the Windrush generation who settled in the London Borough of Redbridge. This film was produced for Black History Month 2020.
Watch the Memories of Windrush film
Redbridge and the Second World War
Using the collections of Redbridge Museum & Heritage Centre, this short film explores the Second World War in Ilford, Wanstead and Woodford in what is now the London Borough of Redbridge. This film was produced to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day in May 2020.
Watch the Redbridge and the Second World War film
Redbridge and the First World War
To commemorate the centenary of the First World War in 2014, Redbridge Museum produced a website and book about the impacts of the First World War on Redbridge. Both are fully illustrated and feature extensive new research not previously published. Copies of the book can be purchased from Redbridge Museum and most Redbridge libraries.
Visit the Redbridge and the First World War website
Events and activities
Join in with our #MuseumFromHome!
Redbridge Museum Virtual Tour
Take a 360 virtual tour of Redbridge Museum! Produced for Open House London 2020, explore the Museum's permanent display and learn more about Redbridge's people and places throughout time!
Take the 360 virtual tour
Choose from 14 social media 'tours' of our displays and past exhibitions produced during lockdown.
Take a Twitter tour
Download our children's activities to make and do at home. Please only print the pages you need on scrap paper.
View children's activities
Generation Game with Redbridge Museum
Play the 1970s Generation Game with Redbridge Museum!
A series of objects from Redbridge Museum's collections will move across the screen. Watch them carefully... then see how many you can name in 15 seconds!
For 1 or more players.
Play the Generation Game
Put together jigsaw puzzles of photographs from the Museum’s collection on the first of every month.
View jigsaw puzzles
Redbridge Museum & Heritage Centre delivers a wide range of free education sessions based around the national curriculum. These educational sessions can take place online, at your school or at Valentines Mansion. To find out more about what you and your group can gain from a visit to Redbridge Museum, watch this short film.
All in-person sessions include handling a wide range of real artefacts, fun activities and exploring the displays. Groups can use historic archives, maps and photographs to learn about the history of their local area and school.
The Museum can also deliver INSET sessions for teachers, assemblies, and support for school projects.
For more information or to book a session, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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