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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 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

From 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!

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

Friday 1 November
2pm to 3pm
Redbridge Heritage Centre

Dick Turpin is said to have known Epping Forest well. Many stories are told about this "flamboyant" highwayman, most of them wrongly based on old legends. This talk by local historian Georgina Green summarises his life and looks at many of the folk tales.

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

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Wednesday 13 November
2pm to 3pm
Wanstead Library

Winston Churchill represented Woodford and Wanstead in Parliament for four decades. Jef Page, President of Ilford Historical Society will be talking about Churchill’s life and his role as a local MP.

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

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Wednesday 20 November
2.30pm to 3.30pm
Redbridge Heritage Centre

The Women's Land Army, established in World War One, was re-founded shortly before the outbreak of World War Two in June 1939, to provide extra agricultural labour to prevent food shortages. Britain relied heavily on imported food, and it was thought that imports would be threatened by anticipated German blockades. In addition, many male farm workers were expected to join up, leaving a shortage of labour. Carol Harris will give a fascinating insight into the work of the Women’s Land Army.

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

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Tuesday 3 December
11am to midday
South Woodford Library

Do you remember the Plaza Cinema in George Lane, the LEB showrooms or the M11 motorway being built in Woodford? Come along and share your memories of Woodford and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee at our reminiscence session.

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

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Children's events

Wednesday 23 October
2pm to 3.30pm
Redbridge Heritage Centre

Did you know that Ilford once had a castle? Come and find out about this wonderful building and make your own castle. Suitable for 4-11 yrs.

This is a FREE event. No need to book - just drop in!

Saturday 23  & 30 November
10am to 4pm
Redbridge Museum

Take part in our fun family local history trail around the Museum and make a mini mammoth for free! As part of the National Lottery Heritage Fund's 25th Anniversary #ThanksToYou campaign.

This is a FREE event. No need to book - just drop in!



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

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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