Local and family history activities

Come along to our reminiscence session and share your food memories.  Do you remember food rationing, spam fritters or your first curry? Do you remember when you first visited self-service supermarkets?  If you do, come along - look at food advertisements, photographs and other memorabilia and enjoy a cuppa

Venue:  Woodford Green Library

Date and time: Thursday 22 August from 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Cost: Free, please book on Eventbrite or at the Library

We are taking part in the capitals' largest festival of architecture. Open House celebrates the splendid architecture throughout London.  See a display documenting the development of Barkingside and find out about the history of the library.

Venue: Fullwell Cross Library

Date and time: Saturday 21 September from 9:30am to 4:00pm

Cost: Free, just turn up

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.

Venue:  Wanstead Library

Date and time: Wednesday 13 November from 2pm to 3pm

Cost: Free, book at Wanstead Library or Eventbrite

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 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.  Historian Carol Harris will give a fascinating insight into the work of the Women's Land Army.

Venue:  Redbridge Central Library, Heritage Centre

Date and time: Wednesday 20 October from 2:30pm to 3:30pm 

Cost: Free, book at Central Library or Eventbrite

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

Venue: Redbridge Central Library, Heritage Centre

Date and time: Friday 1 November from 2pm to 3pm

Cost: Free, book at Central Library or on Eventbrite

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

Venue: South Woodford Library

Date and time:  Tuesday 3 December from 11am to midday

Cost: Free, book at South Woodford Library or on Eventbrite



Get help to start uncovering your family history using library resources such as Ancestry and Find My Past.

Book your free session in advance at the library or by calling  020 8708 2417. 

Join one of these groups to learn how to find information about your ancestors, or to share your knowledge with like-minded people if you are an experienced researcher. Anyone with an interest in the subject is welcome.

These groups are free and booking is not required:

  • Fullwell Cross Library, first and third Wednesday of the month from 2pm to 3:30pm
  • South Woodford Library and Gym, third Thursday of the month from 10:30am to midday.


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