Redbridge Museum & Heritage Centre

Redbridge Museum & Heritage Centre Ever wondered why your bit of Ilford/Wanstead/Woodford is the way it is? Visit the Museum to discover 200,000 years of Redbridge history and be amazed!
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Having post-Christmas blues? Continue the festivities by completing a fun FREE Christmas trail round the Museum or get i...
27/12/2019

Having post-Christmas blues? Continue the festivities by completing a fun FREE Christmas trail round the Museum or get involved in some arts and crafts! Or perhaps you’re back to work today, like this Chairman of the Libraries Committee and Assistant Borough Librarian in 1986 💼

Merry Christmas everyone! Best wishes from all of us at #Redbridge #Museum! 🌟
25/12/2019

Merry Christmas everyone! Best wishes from all of us at #Redbridge #Museum! 🌟

This Santa Claus has decided to leave the sleigh and reindeers at home, and to use a car instead to deliver his presents...
24/12/2019

This Santa Claus has decided to leave the sleigh and reindeers at home, and to use a car instead to deliver his presents on Christmas Eve! He is advertising Bodgers Christmas Bazaar, about 1940s, and we hope he will leave a gift under our tree tomorrow morning! 🎅🎁

With Christmas just around the corner and schools officially off for the holidays, we’re sure many kids will be eager to...
23/12/2019

With Christmas just around the corner and schools officially off for the holidays, we’re sure many kids will be eager to meet Santa, just like these kids were in the old Central Library in Ilford in 1980. We wonder what Christmas song he could be singing! 🎅 #ChristmasCountdown

Happy Hanukkah! Tonight is the 1st of 8 nights, each marked with the lighting of the menorah. The Museum has a display o...
22/12/2019

Happy Hanukkah! Tonight is the 1st of 8 nights, each marked with the lighting of the menorah. The Museum has a display on Ilford Jewish Primary School. Former teacher Kenneth Black recalls celebrating Hanukkah at the school, saying kids were able to 'live the Jewish way of life'

Brrr! Today is the Winter Solstice. As it starts to get colder, why not come inside to Redbridge Museum to warm up and l...
21/12/2019

Brrr! Today is the Winter Solstice. As it starts to get colder, why not come inside to Redbridge Museum to warm up and learn all about the history of the area from the Ice Age to the present day! (Image: Winter at Cranbrook Hall garden, c.1900) ❄️

Getting that last minute Christmas shopping done? Debenhams or Marks & Spencer might be the department store of choice t...
20/12/2019

Getting that last minute Christmas shopping done? Debenhams or Marks & Spencer might be the department store of choice today, but for almost 115 years Harrison Gibson was the place to go for homeware and this advert in the Ilford Recorder, from December 1952, shows why! #ChristmasCountdown

Joyce Guy moved to Redbridge from Trinidad in 1958. She set up a carnival group, now called ‘Design In Mind’, for Britai...
19/12/2019

Joyce Guy moved to Redbridge from Trinidad in 1958. She set up a carnival group, now called ‘Design In Mind’, for Britain’s largest carnival in Notting Hill and designed her own costumes for the parade. Here she's pictured centre at Notting Hill, 1982.

It’s the start of our #ChristmasCountdown! The museum is all decked out in festive decorations. Have you finished puttin...
18/12/2019

It’s the start of our #ChristmasCountdown! The museum is all decked out in festive decorations. Have you finished putting yours up, right to the last bauble? These baubles were from Woolworths on George Lane, South Woodford, around 1975/6, maybe you have some on your tree! 🎄

Now open: Extinction Redbridge! From 1970s protests against an Ilford chemical factory to modern campaigns against cars ...
17/12/2019

Now open: Extinction Redbridge!

From 1970s protests against an Ilford chemical factory to modern campaigns against cars & climate change in Wanstead, this new small display looks at past & current pressing issues of climate change in Redbridge.

Planning to visit Redbridge Museum during the festive season? We are offering a FREE Christmas Trail and drop-in crafts ...
16/12/2019

Planning to visit Redbridge Museum during the festive season? We are offering a FREE Christmas Trail and drop-in crafts from Saturday 21 Dec to Saturday 4 January, 11am-3pm.

See below to view our Christmas opening times! 🎁

Are you seeing Kenneth More Theatre's Christmas panto this year? Book your tickets to Sleeping Beauty here: http://ow.ly...
15/12/2019

Are you seeing Kenneth More Theatre's Christmas panto this year? Book your tickets to Sleeping Beauty here: http://ow.ly/Gdwx50xA2Uf 🎟️

Did you Know that Sleeping Beauty was one of the first pantomimes that the theatre put on? Here’s the accompanying programme from 1977 ✨

14/12/2019

It's Disability History Month until 22 December, and we are proud partners with local organisation Redbridge Forum who work with people with learning disabilities and those on the autistic spectrum. Staff at the Heritage Centre are currently helping them archive their collection 🤝

Tasneem, who's a student on placement at the Museum and Heritage Centre, chose this Electroconvulsion Machine c.1958-65 ...
14/12/2019

Tasneem, who's a student on placement at the Museum and Heritage Centre, chose this Electroconvulsion Machine c.1958-65 from Claybury Hospital as her favourite object in our collection.

"It's interesting how patients were ‘shocked’ to cure depression and schizophrenia before the introduction of psychiatric drugs".

Neigh! Today is National Day of the Horse. These two working horses are pictured on Aldborough Hatch Farm in Ilford, c.1...
13/12/2019

Neigh! Today is National Day of the Horse. These two working horses are pictured on Aldborough Hatch Farm in Ilford, c.1920. They ploughed the land and helped with farming before tractors came into use after WWII.

Find out how they kept their shoes looking & feeling good at our Kingsnorth Farrier display! 🐴

Who loves a Christmas cracker? These crackers were hand-made by patients of Claybury Mental Hospital between 1980-1989, ...
12/12/2019

Who loves a Christmas cracker? These crackers were hand-made by patients of Claybury Mental Hospital between 1980-1989, as part of the newly established Occupational Therapy department which opened in 1966. The department manufactured and sold 6,000 crackers each year! 🎁

What a mess! We hope this rubbish was picked up outside the Municipal Offices in Woodford in 1957. Would you be named an...
10/12/2019

What a mess! We hope this rubbish was picked up outside the Municipal Offices in Woodford in 1957. Would you be named and shamed or celebrated in our upcoming display #ExtinctionRedbridge? For more info: http://ow.ly/GDim50xtyAP 🚮

We wonder if the people shown in this photograph, taken on a snowy day outside Ilford Town Hall in about 1903, managed t...
07/12/2019

We wonder if the people shown in this photograph, taken on a snowy day outside Ilford Town Hall in about 1903, managed to get their Christmas shopping done, just like many people are out there today! 🛍️❄️

It’s officially December and that means the Museum gets a magical Christmas makeover! Look out for the twinkling Christm...
06/12/2019

It’s officially December and that means the Museum gets a magical Christmas makeover! Look out for the twinkling Christmas tree by the entrance and for our other festive decorations… It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! 🎄

Have you been on a Climate Strike? Find out how the people of Redbridge have campaigned and protested against environmen...
06/12/2019

Have you been on a Climate Strike? Find out how the people of Redbridge have campaigned and protested against environmental issues over the years in our upcoming display #ExtinctionRedbridge opening 17 December 🌍

We are taking part in December's #GreaterHeritage theme of #Celebrations over on Twitter: http://ow.ly/DIQT50xokkBHere a...
05/12/2019

We are taking part in December's #GreaterHeritage theme of #Celebrations over on Twitter: http://ow.ly/DIQT50xokkB

Here are former Pearly King and Queen Larry and Doreen Golding on a very regal invite to a street party on Dover Road, Wanstead to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in June 2002.

Who enjoys feeding the ducks? With seeds now the recommended alternative instead of bread, it’s just one difference that...
04/12/2019

Who enjoys feeding the ducks? With seeds now the recommended alternative instead of bread, it’s just one difference that can improve a duck’s life and could be your contribution to World Wildlife Conservation Day 🦆

Photo of Muscovy ducks at Valentines Park, Ilford,1979.

Who's a Disney fan? It's Walt Disney Day today and we're sure kids 80 years ago would have loved this Mickey & Minnie Mo...
01/12/2019

Who's a Disney fan? It's Walt Disney Day today and we're sure kids 80 years ago would have loved this Mickey & Minnie Mouse money box and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs card game from our collection as much as kids do today! 🐭

Did any nature-lovers spot the squirrel and kingfisher in our 2013 ‘Really Wild Things’ exhibition? These 1930s & 1960s ...
01/12/2019

Did any nature-lovers spot the squirrel and kingfisher in our 2013 ‘Really Wild Things’ exhibition? These 1930s & 1960s wildlife-inspired kitchen items are part of our collection but can you guess what they were used for?

Our Collections Officer answers what she enjoys most about working with archives: 'A day in the archives is never dull; ...
30/11/2019

Our Collections Officer answers what she enjoys most about working with archives: 'A day in the archives is never dull; it’s great meeting new people and sharing Redbridge's local history with the wider community through the services we offer' 🏷️

If you missed last Saturday’s activities, no need to worry! Take part in our fun local history trail and make a mini mam...
29/11/2019

If you missed last Saturday’s activities, no need to worry! Take part in our fun local history trail and make a mini mammoth tomorrow for FREE as part of the National Lottery Heritage Fund's 25th anniversary and their #ThanksToYou campaign. No need to book! 🐘

What’s been your favourite Redbridge Museum exhibition? We've put on many since we opened in 2000. From Ice Age mammoths...
29/11/2019

What’s been your favourite Redbridge Museum exhibition? We've put on many since we opened in 2000. From Ice Age mammoths in Ilford, to celebrating Redbridge’s community by exploring history through fashion, buildings & food, there’s something for everyone!

This ship, known as the Lalla Rookh, was a research vessel for Kelvin Hughes, who made navigational equipment in Hainaul...
28/11/2019

This ship, known as the Lalla Rookh, was a research vessel for Kelvin Hughes, who made navigational equipment in Hainault in the 1950s. It was used as a travelling showroom, helped design new equipment and was the firm's largest ship ⛴️

Any competitive runners out there? This race marked the official re-opening of Cricklefields Athletic Ground in Ilford a...
27/11/2019

Any competitive runners out there? This race marked the official re-opening of Cricklefields Athletic Ground in Ilford and was started by Mayor Alderman John Barker (pictured right) in May 1950 🏃♂️

Who remembers the River Roding flood of 2000? While this may still be a vivid memory for some, the River has flooded num...
26/11/2019

Who remembers the River Roding flood of 2000? While this may still be a vivid memory for some, the River has flooded numerous times over the last 100 years. This image shows a flood from c.1920 and was on a scale never seen before 🌊 #ExploreYourArchives #SurprisingArchives

Do any local residents remember the smells coming from Howards chemicals factory at Uphall, Ilford? It will feature in o...
25/11/2019

Do any local residents remember the smells coming from Howards chemicals factory at Uphall, Ilford? It will feature in our new display exploring past and current climate issues affecting Redbridge from air pollution to littering. Opens 17 December. Stay tuned for more information!

#Teachers! We still have spaces for our Victorian Christmas education session at @ValMansion. This hands-on workshop wil...
25/11/2019

#Teachers! We still have spaces for our Victorian Christmas education session at @ValMansion. This hands-on workshop will look at familiar Christmas traditions and children can also dress up! To book, simply call us on 020 8708 2317 or email [email protected] 🎄

Did you know popular confectionary company Trebor once had a factory in Woodford? Here it is illustrated on this 1950s T...
23/11/2019

Did you know popular confectionary company Trebor once had a factory in Woodford? Here it is illustrated on this 1950s Trebor tin. Now to see if there are any sweeties left inside... 🍬

Are you planting a tree for National Tree Week? 🌳 The Men of the Trees was an anti-littering group active in Ilford in t...
23/11/2019

Are you planting a tree for National Tree Week? 🌳

The Men of the Trees was an anti-littering group active in Ilford in the late 1930s. They organised tree-planting campaigns, including one in Valentines Park in 1937, to help ‘beautify’ the town.

Looking for something to do tomorrow? Then come along to the Museum to take part in a fun family local history trail and...
22/11/2019

Looking for something to do tomorrow? Then come along to the Museum to take part in a fun family local history trail and make a mini mammoth for FREE as part of the National Lottery Heritage Fund's 25th anniversary and their #ThanksToYou campaign. No need to book! 🐘

Did you know Redbridge Town Hall has been on the High Street for over 100 years? Designed in the Renaissance Revival sty...
21/11/2019

Did you know Redbridge Town Hall has been on the High Street for over 100 years? Designed in the Renaissance Revival style by architect Ben Woollard and completed in 1901, is now Grade II listed and a fine example of Victorian architecture. Pictured c.1952.

Booked your tickets for the Kenneth More Theatre's Christmas panto? The much-loved theatre, named after the popular Engl...
20/11/2019

Booked your tickets for the Kenneth More Theatre's Christmas panto? The much-loved theatre, named after the popular English actor, was built in 1975 to meet the demand for a purpose-built civic theatre in Ilford Town Centre. It places local talent centre stage and is happily still going today! 🎭

How would you raise awareness for Road Safety Week? Well these people are all dressed up in Tudor costumes and acting ou...
19/11/2019

How would you raise awareness for Road Safety Week? Well these people are all dressed up in Tudor costumes and acting out a play for a Road Safety pageant on Woodford Green, 1948. Attendants paid threepence for the official programme (pictured). Can you guess who is playing who? 🛣️

Have you spotted this object in the Museum's Time Zone? It is a glass jar of cinchona calisaya angelica tree bark, and w...
17/11/2019

Have you spotted this object in the Museum's Time Zone? It is a glass jar of cinchona calisaya angelica tree bark, and was used by Ilford manufacturer Howards and Sons to make anti-malarial drug quinine in the late 19th century 🧪

To say #ThanksToYou for our recent grant for a new Museum, we’re inviting you to take part in a fun family local history...
16/11/2019

To say #ThanksToYou for our recent grant for a new Museum, we’re inviting you to take part in a fun family local history trail and make a mini mammoth for FREE on Saturday 23 and 30 November for the National Lottery Heritage Fund's 25th anniversary. Drop in anytime – no need to book! 🐘

📢 Teachers! We provide a range of education sessions, events and more throughout term time, so why not sign up to our ed...
16/11/2019

📢 Teachers! We provide a range of education sessions, events and more throughout term time, so why not sign up to our education newsletter to keep updated for your school! Link: http://ow.ly/rG8h50x3sAr 🏫 #localhistory

Nancy Astor elected as first female MP #OTD 100 years ago. Another first lady in politics was Emily Stephens, who was fi...
15/11/2019

Nancy Astor elected as first female MP #OTD 100 years ago. Another first lady in politics was Emily Stephens, who was first female elected to Ilford Council in 1921 (pictured left,1926), and Liz Pearce (pictured far right) who became first woman Leader of Redbridge Council 🗳️

Whether it’s predicted to rain or not, the uncertainty of British weather calls for a handy umbrella to be packed at all...
14/11/2019

Whether it’s predicted to rain or not, the uncertainty of British weather calls for a handy umbrella to be packed at all times! While this object may look like an ordinary black umbrella it is actually a pin cushion and dates from the 1960s/70s 🌂 #Weather #Museum30

Want to know more about the Women’s Land Army? Join the Heritage Centre on 20 November as Carol Harris gives a fascinati...
13/11/2019
The Women's Land Army

Want to know more about the Women’s Land Army? Join the Heritage Centre on 20 November as Carol Harris gives a fascinating FREE talk about the women who provided agricultural labour during two World Wars and prevented food shortages 👩🌾💪

To book: http://ow.ly/rZ2o50wMIsR

The Women's Land Army was re-founded shortly before the outbreak of World War Two in 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 German blockaeds. Many male workers wer expected to join....

Last week, pupils from St. Aidan’s Primary School visited the Heritage Centre to learn more about their school during a ...
12/11/2019

Last week, pupils from St. Aidan’s Primary School visited the Heritage Centre to learn more about their school during a local history session. They discovered building plans for Benton Road Open Air School, which used to stand on the very same site! 🏫 #Heritage #Museum30

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Redbridge Museum, 2nd Floor, Central Library, Clements Road
Ilford
IG1 1EA

Train: Ilford station Tube: Gants Hill station, then bus 123, 167 or 296 to Ilford Bus: there are many buses! Check out tfl's journey planner: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

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