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Redbridge Museum

Coronavirus: service update – Redbridge Museum temporarily closed.

 Redbridge Museum & Heritage Centre is closed to the public. All exhibitions, events and activities are also suspended until further notice.

For information on all service changes please see our services changes page.

Redbridge Museum is temporarily closed

While we are closed, we will continue to have a presence online and our staff will continue to work remotely. 

Join in with our #MuseumFromHome

For enquiries, please get in touch via email

The health and well-being of our visitors, staff and community are of utmost importance to us and this decision is in response to increasing concerns surrounding COVID-19. We will continue to closely review the advice from Public Health England and monitor the current situation to keep people up to date on our plans.

 

A New Redbridge Museum - tell us what you think

Thanks to a £100,000 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, a new permanent Redbridge Museum exhibition will open in 2021. 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?

What's on?

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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

Find out more on what you can find in the Museum (PDF 719KB)

Visit the Exploring 20th Century London website to find out more about some of the items in Redbridge Museum's collection.

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

 

What's on?

Eat It! A fun family exhibition about food 

Discover the wonderful world of food at Redbridge Museum!

Have fun down on the Victorian farm, sail your crops to market on the river Roding, eat like an Ice Age mammoth, survive wartime rationing and explore food from around the world.

Through interactive displays, puzzles and games, discover the past, present and future of food in Redbridge.

View the Eat It flyer (PDF 1MB)

Redbridge Eats Out

This small display celebrates Redbridge's food - from tea parties to takeaways.

Featuring historic photographs, objects and personal stories from the local area, this display will set your stomach rumbling!

Extinction Redbridge

Tuesday 17 December 2019 to Saturday 21 March 2020

Redbridge Museum explores the pressing issue of local climate change in this new display.

From 1970s protests against an Ilford chemical factory to modern campaigns against cars and climate change in Wanstead, the display looks at past and current issues of pollution and waste in Redbridge through objects, photographs and archives from the Museum collection.

View the Extinction Redbridge flyer (PDF 2MB)

VE Day 1945: 75 Years - COMING SOON

Tuesday 7 April to Saturday 29 August 2020

Redbridge Museum is marking the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War with a new small display.

From street parties to Royal visits, find out how Redbridge celebrated in 1945 and explore how the War changed the world forever.

View the VE Day 1945: 75 Years flyer (PDF 277KB)

Ilford Football Club Heritage Project - can you help?

Redbridge Museum is working with Ilford F.C on an exciting new project about the history of the club. Founded in 1881, Ilford F.C has been one of the most successful amateur clubs in the country.

We would love to hear from anyone with Ilford F.C items or memories. The project will lead to a major exhibition, book and new website, supported by an award from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Please contact Michael Foley, Ilford F.C Chairman or redbridge.museum@visionrcl.org.uk, 0208 708 2317.

Redbridge and the First World War

Redbridge Museum is commemorating the centenary of the First World War through a new 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 can be purchased from Redbridge Museum and most Redbridge libraries. 

Visit the Redbridge and the First World War website 

 

Events & activities

Join in with our #MuseumFromHome!

Every Saturday at 11am

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to view a virtual tour of Redbridge Museum's permanent displays and past exhibitions.

View the virtual tour of the Extinction Redbridge display

 

Schools

The Museum & Heritage Service delivers a wide range of free education sessions based around the national curriculum. These educational sessions can take place at the Museum 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 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.

View the Redbridge Museum schools programme (PDF 1MB)

View the Valentines Mansion & Gardens schools programme (PDF 1MB)

or contact us on redbridge.museum@visionrcl.org.uk for more information or to book a session.

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Sign up to receive our quarterly e-newsletter for teachers. Get updates about new and current programmes, special events and what’s new to support your teaching.

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Visitor information

Location

Redbridge Museum
2nd Floor, Redbridge Central Library
Clements Road
Ilford
IG1 1EA

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Contact details

Redbridge Museum:

Telephone: 020 8708 2317
Email: redbridge.museum@visionrcl.org.uk

Redbridge Heritage Centre:

Telephone: 020 8708 2422
Email: info.heritage@visionrcl.org.uk

Opening times

Tuesday to Friday: 10am to 5pm

Saturday: 10am to 4pm

CLOSED Monday and Sunday

Free entry

 

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