Archives and history

Redbridge Heritage Centre is closed until further notice.

Redbridge Heritage Centre is on the second floor of Redbridge Central Library. It is free to use and offers a diverse range of local and family history resources. Many of these general resources including books, historic newspapers and online resources are available during normal Library opening times.

For a specific enquiry, to view historic photographs or archives you must make a booking in advance at

020 8708 2422


We provide a service for local and family history research and hold the largest collection of materials in the Borough on the history of Ilford, Wanstead, Woodford and Redbridge.
These materials include:

We also have a general collection of books on the history of Essex and the surrounding London boroughs including maps, periodicals and local newspapers.

Materials from the archive service are available by appointment.


Discover the history on your doorstep, courtesy of the Heritage Service.  Find out more on the Vision RCL website.


The Heritage Service delivers a wide range of free education sessions based around the national curriculum. Groups can use historic archives, maps, and photographs to learn about the history of their local area and school.

Combine your session with a visit to the museum where students can handle real artefacts, take part in fun activities and explore the displays.

Contact for more information or to book a session.

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