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Redbridge Museum

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.

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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?

Events

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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

Tuesday 23 July to Saturday 28 December 2019

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 27 June 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)

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

Heritage events

Wednesday 15 January 2020
2.30pm to 3.30pm
Gants Hill Library

Family historian expert Kathy Chater will talk about institutions in censuses. An ancestor may seem to disappear between censuses. There are a number of reasons for this and one of the most common is that the individual was in some kind of institution on the relevant night. Learn about them – and get other tips for searching the censuses.

This event is FREE. Please book in advance by clicking the link below.

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Wednesday 29 January 2020
2pm to 3pm
Wanstead Library

Wanstead has changed considerably over the past 150 years. Dr Colin Runeckles selects and discusses building plans from the Heritage Centre's archive that illustrate these changes.

This event is FREE. Please book in advance by clicking the link below.

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Wednesday 12 February 2020
2.30pm to 3.30pm

Redbridge Heritage Centre, 2nd floor, Redbridge Central Library

Eighty years ago, at the start of the Second World War, many children were evacuated from areas which were at high risk of being bombed. Local historian Michael Potter will be talking about life in the 1930s, the weekly trips to the cinema and his life as an evacuee. Come along, listen and share memories of your own evacuation or the stories of family and friends. Tea and coffee will be available.

This event is FREE. Please book in advance by clicking the link below.

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Tuesday 25 February 2020
11am to 12 noon
Redbridge Heritage Centre, 2nd floor, Redbridge Central Library

Did you grow up in Hackney, Stoke Newington, Homerton, Clapton or Stamford Hill or live in Hackney before moving to Redbridge? Did you go to the Hackney Empire or Hackney baths? Perhaps you visited Ridley Road Market. Come along and share your memories with others at our heritage coffee morning and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.

This event is FREE. Please book in advance by clicking the link below.

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Thursday 5 March 2020
2pm to 2.45pm
Redbridge Heritage Centre, 2nd floor, Redbridge Central Library

To celebrate Women's History Month, local historian Georgina Green will talk about the last resident of Valentines Mansion, Mrs Sarah Ingleby. Mrs Ingleby was a very good example of the best kind of Victorian Christian philanthropy. Her life spanned 1823 - 1906 (Queen Victoria lived from 1819 to 1901) but it was one of comfort rather than privilege. She did her best to help those less fortunate, often in private, but also opening her house and gardens for charitable causes. Come and find out about this remarkable lady.

This event is FREE. Please book in advance by clicking the link below.

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Children's events

Christmas holiday

Join in our special Christmas trail around the Museum and make some festive finger puppets or your very own Christmas badge (50p).

No need to book - just drop in!

View our Christmas opening hours (JPG 120KB)

Every Saturday - from 11 January to 27 June 2020
10am to 4pm

Come along to learn about the environment from our brand new display Extinction Redbridge and make your own DIY pamphlet or protest badge (50p).

No need to book - just drop in!

View the Extinction Redbridge flyer (PDF 2MB)

 

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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Visitor information

Location

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

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Contact details

Telephone: 020 8708 2317

Email: redbridge.museum@visionrcl.org.uk

Opening times

Tuesday to Friday: 10am to 5pm

Saturday: 10am to 4pm

CLOSED Monday and Sunday

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