Redbridge Heritage Centre

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Redbridge Heritage Centre is interested in all aspects of the Borough's history. We collect, record, store and make available a wide range of resources on life and activities in Redbridge, and its former boroughs including Essex.

30/12/2017

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28/12/2017

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26/12/2017

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24/12/2017

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22/12/2017

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20/12/2017

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Another busy day yesterday at Redbridge Heritage Centre! We had visits from a local researcher, two family historians, a...
02/12/2017

Another busy day yesterday at Redbridge Heritage Centre! We had visits from a local researcher, two family historians, a PhD @VisitorsUoM student and an architect. #explorearchives #ThisIsRedbridge #mylocalculture #archives

Explore Your Archives WeekRedbridge Heritage Centre will be taking part in the National Explore Your Archive Week. Visit...
17/11/2017

Explore Your Archives Week
Redbridge Heritage Centre will be taking part in the National Explore Your Archive Week. Visit the Heritage Centre on Thursday 23 November from 2pm to 4pm to look and documents and memorabilia not usually on display. This will include the school plans for the Horns School – the first Board School built in Ilford, the Ilford A.R.P wardens and fireguards wage book for 1943-43 and postcards for Wanstead and Woodford. #explorearchives #mylocalculture #thisisredbridge

https://www.redbridge.gov.uk/redbridge-events/local-and-family-history-activities/

Embassy Cinema: The Restoration Project
01/10/2017
Embassy Cinema: The Restoration Project

Embassy Cinema: The Restoration Project

The Summer of 2017 has been very productive since we launched, and we have a busy month ahead of us!

The Restoration Project Team will be conducting a presentation at the Redbridge Heritage Forum, Cardinal Heenan Centre, 326 High Road, Ilford, IG1 1QP, Tuesday 3rd October, 15:00-17:00.

If you wish to hear more about the Project, and our progress, please feel free to attend. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Celebrate National Poetry Day with a poem about the Horns public house in Barkingside from local author Peter FoleyHarri...
28/09/2017

Celebrate National Poetry Day with a poem about the Horns public house in Barkingside from local author Peter Foley

Harriet Uffindell
Passing the Horns, I often spare a thought
For Harriet Uffindell
Mrs. or Miss? I’ll never know, but White’s
Directory of Essex, 1848,
Records she kept this Inn. I wonder who
They were that supped her ale, and if she kept
An orderly retreat and how she ruled
Her cabbage-field domain and what she did
For kicks on steamy summer afternoons.
Fancied the drayman’s lad, perhaps, or poached
A little on the side, or went
Wading the crystal brook that ran below,
Culling forget-me-not or willowherb
To dress the ingle seat. They’ve knocked the palace
About a bit since then – the crystal brook’s
A sewer now and all the cabbage fields
Are peopled back to back; yet, once or twice,
On winter’s nights I’ll look to see her face
Peering from dormer lights, along the lane
That leads to Barkingside. Call it what you will-
Obsession, if you like – the fact remains,
Passing the Horns, I often spare a thought
For Harriet Uffindell.

Redbridge Heritage Centre is now open!!Redbridge Heritage Centre is a new space where anyone can explore a rich range of...
29/06/2017

Redbridge Heritage Centre is now open!!

Redbridge Heritage Centre is a new space where anyone can explore a rich range of historic archives to discover the people, places and events in over 200,000 years of history in Ilford, Wanstead and Woodford.

The Heritage Centre contains historic archives, books, building plans, maps, newspapers, photographs and online resources to help people research the history of their family, their house or the local area. Expert staff are available to support individual customers or groups to find out more. Many of these general resources including books, historic newspapers and online resources are available during normal Library opening times.

In partnership with Redbridge Museum, a full programme of free taught local history sessions will be available for primary and secondary schools, as well as other groups.

The Heritage Centre will run regular workshops, talks and events to help residents discover Redbridge’s diverse history and encourage them to undertake their own research.

The Museum and the Heritage Centre will also help community groups to apply for funding for their own heritage project and offer a range of professional skills training including archiving, exhibitions, film making, oral history and research.

Redbridge Central Library is a short walk from Ilford Train Station with regular trains leaving from Liverpool Street and Stratford.

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

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29/06/2017

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24/10/2016

Thank you to everyone who took part in our competition on Saturday - guessing the museum object. The answers are
1. Zoetrope
2. Glove stretchers
3.Hair curling tongs
4.Moustache cup
5.Dolly posser
6.Shoe stretchers
7.Cream horn pastry shapers
8. Roman shower head
9. Fizzy drink bottle
10.Carpet beater.

Congratulations to everyone who took part. The winner will be contacted by e-mail.

It is the Fabula Festival this weekend!  Celebrate libraries and the Arts.  The Heritage section will have a competition...
19/10/2016

It is the Fabula Festival this weekend! Celebrate libraries and the Arts. The Heritage section will have a competition to win a selection of local history books. There will be family history taster sessions - are you descended from princes or paupers? There will also be a craft session for children - make your own version of Cranbrook Castle. Take a look at all of the activities-
http://www2.redbridge.gov.uk/cms/leisure_and_libraries/libraries/library_events_and_activities/fabula_festival.aspx

Discover Your High Street is a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund which aims to explore the history of seven ou...
14/10/2016

Discover Your High Street is a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund which aims to explore the history of seven outer London high streets. The project is delivered by Serious Events Ltd in partnership with a consortium of seven outer London Boroughs: Croydon, Greenwich, Kingston upon Thames, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Waltham Forest and Wandsworth. Discover Your High Street is part of a wider project, The Streets; an ambitious and dynamic programme which brings music and performance to local high streets with the aim of showcasing the local streetscape and unlocking its potential. If you would like to volunteer to assist in the research aspects of the project, which will culminate in a touring exhibition, publication and heritage trail, please contact
[email protected] or telephone 07891 129 891.

We are taking part in the Capital's largest annual festival of Architecture and Design at Fullwell Cross Library.  The a...
12/09/2016

We are taking part in the Capital's largest annual festival of Architecture and Design at Fullwell Cross Library. The architect of the library was Sir Frederick Gibberd. He is also well known as being the consultant architect for Harlow New Town. He also lived in the town that he designed. Other notable buildings designed by Gibberd are the London Central Mosque, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and the terminal buildings at Heathrow Airport.

Carol Murray from the Gibberd Garden will be giving a talk about the life and work of Sir Frederick on the 17th September at Fullwell Cross Library at 2pm.

The Gibberd Garden is a grade II listed garden created by Gibberd. He filled the grounds with sculptures and architectual pieces.

06/07/2016
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The Nutters of Nutter Lane, Wanstead? Who were they?
Which estate was Bengal Road a part of, and why is there a Castle View Road near Gants Hill when there’s no castle anywhere in sight? Which Ilford street was named after a crook and what has Tresco on the Scilly Isles got to do with Goodmayes?
Come along to ‘What's in a Name: The origins of street names in Ilford’ illustrated talk & find out the answers to these questions and much more.
Goodmayes Library, Thursday 14th July 2pm. Please book in advance 0208 708 7750 or www.thelittleboxoffice.com/vision. Tickets £1.50

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Michael Foley will be launching his new book Ilford Through Time on Saturday 2nd July at Redbridge Central Library at 2p...
24/06/2016

Michael Foley will be launching his new book Ilford Through Time on Saturday 2nd July at Redbridge Central Library at 2pm. Come along to meet Michael and find out about the book. It contains lots of photographs of Ilford both old and new. Everyone welcome.

Heritage book sale takes place at Redbridge Central Library tomorrow from 9.30am until 7.30pm and on Saturday from 10am ...
09/06/2016

Heritage book sale takes place at Redbridge Central Library tomorrow from 9.30am until 7.30pm and on Saturday from 10am to 4.30pm. Come along early to get a bargain! Books on Redbridge, neighbouring Boroughs and Essex.

Thank you to David Martin who led the Fairlop Heritage Walk Yesterday afternoon and for everyone who attended this reall...
27/05/2016

Thank you to David Martin who led the Fairlop Heritage Walk Yesterday afternoon and for everyone who attended this really interesting and informative session.

Fairlop HeritageMany significant events have taken place at Fairlop Plain.  Fairlop was the site of 6 airfields, the fir...
20/05/2016

Fairlop Heritage
Many significant events have taken place at Fairlop Plain. Fairlop was the site of 6 airfields, the first of which was built in 1911. Scheduled flights to Kent have taken off from there. It was the site of the City of London Corporation Airport and three airfields were sited there during the two world wars.

Fairlop Waters was created in 2006 and the Olympic Torch was carried across Fairlop Lake in 2012.

There is even a mention of Fairlop in Bradshaws Railway Guide before there was a railway!

To find out more about this fascinating area, join the Information and Heritage team and David Martin on a heritage walk on Thurdsay 26th May at 2pm. Meet at the main car park at Fairlop Waters.

17/05/2016
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REDBRIDGE AND THE FIRST WORLD WAR …….by GERARD GREENEThis book explores the impacts of the First World War on Ilford, Wa...
14/05/2016

REDBRIDGE AND THE FIRST WORLD WAR …….by GERARD GREENE

This book explores the impacts of the First World War on Ilford, Wanstead and Woodford, in what is now the London Borough of Redbridge. Based on new research by Redbridge Museum, the book explores how the war affected local life, the international nature of the conflict, family histories of local residents and how people coped with the transition to peace.

It features a wealth of photographs, archives and personal family papers and tells the story through the words of the people who were there.

The book, which is priced at £4.95, is available for sale at Redbridge Central Library (2nd floor)

http://www2.redbridge.gov.uk/cms/leisure_and_libraries/leisure_and_culture/find_places_to_go/redbridge_museum/first_world_war_centenary.aspx

And also via Little Box Office for £6.99 which includes postage & packing.

https://thelittleboxoffice.com/vision/event/view/36436

The Ilford Hospital ChapelHave you visited Ilford's oldest building?  Do you know where it is and why It was founded?  F...
09/05/2016

The Ilford Hospital Chapel
Have you visited Ilford's oldest building? Do you know where it is and why It was founded? Find out this and more fascinating facts at our Local History Month event on Friday 13th May. Visit the Library at 2pm to see documents relating to the Chapel and then walk to the Chapel where we will have a guided tour by a local expert. To give you a taster, here are a few facts about the history of the Chapel -
The Hospital of Ilford was founded in about 1145 AD by Adelicia, Abess of Barking as a hospice for aged and infirm men. The hospital was probably built around a courtyard on Ilford Hill with almshouses for the brethren and chaplains.
The Hospital survived the threat from Henry VIII and eventually passed into the hands of the crown. To find out more, come along on Friday. Everyone welcome!

SNARESBROOK HOUSE - A GEORGIAN SURVIVORWe kicked off Local History Month yesterday with an illustrated talk about Snares...
06/05/2016

SNARESBROOK HOUSE - A GEORGIAN SURVIVOR

We kicked off Local History Month yesterday with an illustrated talk about Snaresbrook House.

40 people attended Wanstead Library to hear local historian Lynn Haseldine Jones reveal the history of this remarkable Georgian House, the people who lived there and the story of how it survived into the 21st Century.

Snaresbrook House was a large private house, with grand gardens providing a view over Eagle Pond. The previous occupiers included merchants, a soap manufacturer and even a diamond mine owner. The building was occupied by the local council just after WW2 until the 1980’s and housed the borough treasurer’s department and the architects department. It stood empty for a number of years before being turned into apartments.

Staff at Redbridge Information and Heritage and Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure would like to congratulate Her Maje...
20/04/2016

Staff at Redbridge Information and Heritage and Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure would like to congratulate Her Majesty the Queen on the occasion of her 90th birthday tomorrow (21st April 2016), with a small exhibition of her life and visits to the London Borough of Redbridge.

VENUE: 2nd Floor of Redbridge Central Library

Everyone is welcome to visit.

16/04/2016

Harrison Gibson - the story continues…..

History repeated itself in March 1959 when a fire, the biggest in the town’s history, engulfed the Ilford store. At the time, Mr Jack Gibson, Managing Director and grandson to the former owner, was away in Milan on a furniture buying trip. How or when the fire started is a mystery but it took more than 200 firemen from London, Essex and Kent to fight the blaze. Over 100 police rushed to the scene and were helped by boy scouts and civil defence workers.

As rail lines ran behind the buildings (the main Liverpool Street to Harwich line and suburban lines to Chelmsford and Southend) British Railways stopped all services while the fire raged and again later on, so that demolition work could go ahead.
40 families had to be evacuated from their homes and trolley buses ground to a halt. Temporary evacuation centres were set up at the local Conservative Club, church halls and the Town Hall across the road. At one point this was also evacuated when showers of sparks from Moulton’s landed on the roof.

The fire consumed and gutted seven shops and a charred shell was all that remained of a 500ft long block of shops. The bridge connecting the warehouse with the main store was also destroyed. At midnight the Mayor & Mayoress toured the devastated area.

As before, Harrison Gibson immediately operated from a temporary store on the ground floor of their offices and announced plans to build a brand new store. Mr Donald Forrest, a 32 year old Ilford architect, designed the new building and the Observer dated 19th June 1960 described the official opening ceremony. “A Guards band played, and with a fanfare of trumpets a pale blue veil was lifted from across the front of the building. Pigeons were said to have been set free but this was not seen on the TV owing to technical problems. However, masses of balloons were realised two minutes later”.

John Edgington of 108 Old Kent Road London SE1 had the job of raising the curtain which measured 140 feet wide and 26 feet high to reveal the front of the building. 2 specially designed electric motors hidden under the portico hauled the 1500 feet of cable necessary to control the pale blue bunting.
This must have been a sight to behold….

Articles and images are available to view at Redbridge Central Library, Information and Heritage.

13/04/2016

See Redbridge Libraries at the CHADWELL HEATH HISTORICAL SOCIETY 6th CHADWELL HEATH HISTORY FAIR
Saturday 16th April 2016
St. Chad’s Church Hall, St. Chad’s Road, Chadwell Heath, RM6 6JB 10am - 4pm
A newcomer or long-time resident? Come and explore the history of Chadwell Heath and surrounding areas, local history society stalls, Company : drinks, Valence House Museum and Local Studies Centre, Our Great (Barking) Abbey project, Barking Photographic Society, Newham Bookshop, and the London Film Archives.
Did you live in a post-war prefab? Come and share your memories with the PREFAB MUSEUM
Meet the authors Linda Rhodes, Sylvia Kent, Brian Evans and John Haley and Terry Felton(Romford Football Club historians)
TALKS : 11 am. History of Chadwell Heath (Peter Gwilliam)
2pm. The Lost Boys of Chadwell Heath (Nicky Scowen)
Light refreshments on sale.
ADMISSION FREE – ALL WELCOME !
Chadwell Heath rail station is 10 minutes walk away and buses 62, 86, 173, 362 and 368 all stop nearby.
[email protected] or phone 0208 597 7210

Address

Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road
Ilford
IG1 1EA

Nearest railway station: Ilford Buses: 25, 86 , 147, 169, 150 179

Opening Hours

Monday 09:30 - 20:00
Tuesday 09:30 - 20:00
Wednesday 09:30 - 20:00
Thursday 09:30 - 20:00
Friday 09:30 - 20:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

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