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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?



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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?

Wonder Women: 100 Years of Women's Lives in Redbridge

Tuesday 13 November 2018 to Saturday 1 June 2019

To celebrate 100 years since the first women in the UK won the right to vote, this exhibition explores the lives of women in Ilford, Wanstead and Woodford over the past century.

From the days of ‘mistress and servant’ to the varied lives of today’s diverse communities, this exhibition tells the story of local women in their own words.

Beginning with the Suffragette campaign to gain the vote and the impacts of two world wars, the displays uncover the changing pattern of work, community, culture, education, family life and sisterhood.

Featuring new films about women’s lives today alongside a wealth of historic objects, photographs and oral histories, this is a unique chance to meet Redbridge’s very own ‘Wonder Women’.

This exhibition is in partnership with Woodford County High School.

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Derek B: The Woodford Rapper

Tuesday 2 October to Saturday 31 August 2019

In this small display, Redbridge Museum celebrates the life of rapper and local Woodford boy, Derek B.

Derek shot to fame in the late 1980s as one of the first black British rappers to make it big in the UK.

On display for the first time are photographs, albums and music from his life, lent by his family and friends. This includes his Silver Record celebrating 60,000 album sales, on loan from the Black Cultural Archives.

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 



Heritage events

Wednesday 22 May 2019
2pm to 3.30pm
Wanstead Library

Lynn Haseldine Jones, local historian, will lead this walk to discover the evidence for commuters starting with the Georgian period and then further developments in Victorian and Edwardian Snaresbrook.

Meet at Snaresbrook Station.

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

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Thursday 23 May 2019
2pm to 3pm
Wanstead Library

Throughout its history the people who have lived in the vicinity of Epping Forest have made their mark on the forest and this talk looks at the effects of early man, the Romans, the Saxons, the Medieval period and the Industrial Revolution. The talk by local historian Georgina Green concludes with the Victorian fight to save the forest from enclosure and destruction.

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

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Children's events

May half term holiday
11am to 3pm
Redbridge Museum, 2nd floor, Redbridge Central Library

Learn more about Redbridge's very own Suffragettes and women's fight for the vote at Redbridge Museum this May half term.

Make a friendship bracelet, Suffragette inspired badge or mini magazine for 50p, or take part in a free family trail around the Museum and Wonder Women exhibition.

Drop in to the Museum between 11am and 3pm from Tuesday-Saturday to take part!

Wednesday 29 May 2019
2pm to 3.30pm
Redbridge Heritage Centre, 2nd floor, Redbridge Central Library

Did you know that boats were once used to transport goods on the river Roding? Find out about the history of them and make your own boat in our heritage craft session to celebrate Local History Month.

This is a FREE event! Drop in to the Heritage Centre between 2pm and 3.30pm to take part.

Thursday 30 May 2019
2pm to 3pm
Goodmayes Library

Steam trains once ran in Ilford. Find out about this fascinating means of transport and make your very own steam train at our heritage craft session to celebrate Local History Month.

This is a FREE event!

Saturday 15 June 2019
10am to 4pm
Redbridge Museum, 2nd floor, Redbridge Central Library

Drop in at any time to take part in this fun family trail around the Museum and explore the history of the borough through numbers, shapes, money, time and more!

As part of Tech Ilford 2019!



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 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

Telephone: 020 8708 2317


Opening times

Tuesday to Friday: 10am to 5pm

Saturday: 10am to 4pm

CLOSED Monday and Sunday

Free entry


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