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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?

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 Exploring 20th Century London 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?

Build It - coming soon!

This summer, discover the wonderful world of buildings at Redbridge Museum!

Get active in the building site and drive diggers, lay walls, build bridges and balance the tallest tower block.

Find out why Ilford, Wanstead and Woodford looks the way it does, plan your own town to live in and have a go at designing the city of the future.

Through interactive displays, puzzles, games and much more, you can explore Redbridge's different buildings in the past, present and future.

Date: Thursday 19 July to Saturday 1 September 2018

Find out more about this exhibition (PDF 1.4MB)

Coming Together: Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities in Redbridge

This new small display at Redbridge Museum showcases a Heritage Lottery Funded project by the Muslim Women's Welfare Association (MWWA).

Featuring photographs, objects and personal stories from the MWWA, this display explores some of the history, connections, similarities and difference between Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities who now live in Redbridge.

Also on display is a personalised scrapbook made by the MWWA celebrating the 'Coming Together' of Pakistani and Bangladeshi residents in Redbridge.

Date: Tuesday 6 March to 12 May 2018

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 have 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 has launched a brand 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 Redbridge and the First World War website 

 

Summer events

Decorate your own Roman mosaic tile to take home and find out about the lost Roman villa of Wanstead. For 5-12 yrs.

Tuesday 24 July 2018

10.30am-12noon

York Room, 1st floor, Redbridge Central Library

£1 per child, please book in advance

Book here

Transform recycled bottles and cartons into houses, shops and other buildings in your neighbourhood. For 5-12 yrs.

Tuesday 31 July 2018

10.30am-12noon

Gloucester Room, 1st floor, Redbridge Central Library

£1 per child, please book in advance

Book here

'I'll huff and puff and I'll blow your house down!' Join us for a fun packed session based around the Three Little Pigs story including storytelling, crafts and rhymes! For under 5s.

Wednesday 1 August 2018

10.30am-12noon

Gloucester Room, 1st floor, Redbridge Central Library

£1 per child, please book in advance

Book here

Make your own stained 'glass' made from paper, inspired by the 800 year old Ilford Hospital Chapel and its beautiful decorated windows. For 5-12 yrs.

Tuesday 7 August 2018

10.30am-12noon

Gloucester Room, 1st floor, Redbridge Central Library

£1 per child, please book in advance

Book here

Did you know that Ilford once had a castle? Find out about this amazing building and build your very own model. For 5-11 yrs.

Thursday 9 August 2018

2pm-3pm

Heritage Centre, 2nd floor, Redbridge Central Library

FREE, please book in advance

Book here

Make your own prints based on historic buildings in Redbridge to create a colourful townscape. For 5-12 yrs.

Tuesday 14 August 2018

10.30am-12noon

Gloucester Room, 1st floor, Redbridge Central Library

£1 per child, please book in advance

Book here

 

Heritage events

Do you work or have you worked in the health service in Redbridge? Have you used the NHS locally? Come along to this special themed Heritage coffee morning. Share your memories and look at memorabilia and photographs to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the creation of the NHS.

Thursday 5 July 2018

11am-12noon

York Room, 1st floor, Redbridge Central Library

FREE, please book in advance

Book here

Suicide is often surrounded with shame, guilt and secrecy. The subject of suicide is for some families a taboo subject. How have attitudes changed over the centuries and where are the records? Family history expert Kathy Chater will talk about this sensitive subject.

Wednesday 18 July 2018

2.30pm-3.30pm

Gants Hill Library

FREE, please book in advance

Book here

Come along to our special themed Heritage teatime. Michael Foley from Ilford Football Club will be discussing the history of the football club using photos and memorabilia. Did you attend matches? Come along and share your memories or listen to what others have to say. Places are limited so please book early!

Thursday 19 July 2018

2pm-3pm

Heritage Centre, 2nd floor, Redbridge Central Library

FREE, please book in advance

Book here

Tony Hoad, Secretary of the South Park Users Group will lead this guided walk around the 116 year old park. Find out about the history of this park which was created on farmland sold to the Council in 1899.

Wednesday 25 July 2018

2pm-3.30pm

Meet at main entrance of South Park (at the junction of South Park Crescent and South Park Road by the Green Flag). Finish at the Wildlife Centre by the lake.

FREE, please book in advance

Book here

Do you ever wonder who lived in your house or what was on the site of your house before it was built? Come along to this session to find out the answers. Places are limited so please book early!

Friday 17 August 2018

11am-12noon

Aldersbrook Library

FREE, please book in advance

Book here

Filmmaker Ben Honeybone will present the first showing in Redbridge of a documentary about the man who made the Corbett Estates. This film has been made as part of a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to raise awareness of and document the legacy and heritage of Archibald Corbett and of the houses he built on the Corbett Estates in Redbridge, Forest Gate and South London. The film will be followed by a question and answer session.

Monday 3 September 2018

7.30pm-9pm

Gloucester Room, 1st floor, Redbridge Central Library

FREE, please book in advance

Book here

 

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 our schools programme at Redbridge Museum (PDF 1MB)

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

or contact us 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

Free entry

 

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