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Redbridge Museum

Coronavirus: service update – 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. 

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.

Join in with our #MuseumFromHome

For enquiries, please get in touch via email


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?

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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)

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?

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!

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, 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 

Redbridge and the Second World War

Redbridge Museum is commemorating the 75th Anniversary of VE Day through a new short film. Using the collections of Redbridge Museum & Heritage Centre, the film explores the Second World War in Ilford, Wanstead and Woodford in what is now the London Borough of Redbridge.

Watch the Redbridge and the Second World War film 


Events & activities

Join in with our #MuseumFromHome!

Alternating Saturdays at 11am

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

View the #RMVirtualTour on Twitter

Download our children's activities to make and do at home. Please only print the pages you need on scrap paper.

View and download children's activities

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



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 for more information or to book a session.

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Visitor information


Redbridge Museum
2nd Floor, Redbridge Central Library
Clements Road

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Contact details

Redbridge Museum:

Telephone: 020 8708 2317

Redbridge Heritage Centre:

Telephone: 020 8708 2422

Opening times

Tuesday to Friday: 10am to 5pm

Saturday: 10am to 4pm

CLOSED Monday and Sunday

Free entry


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