Redbridge Museum was opened in 2000. It is the community museum for the London Borough of Redbridge and explores the many different places, people and events in over 150,000 years of Redbridge history. The Museum also runs popular temporary exhibitions, events, and an education service.
Closed Sunday, Monday, public holidays
The collections cover over 150,000 years of local history from prehistoric animals to recent developments. It is particularly evocative of the development of Ilford, Wanstead and Woodford from 1850s - 1950s.
Agriculture, Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Fine Art, Industry, Social History
Key artists and exhibits
- Ilford Ltd, Sylvia Pankhurst, Winston Churchill, Claybury Hospital, WW2, Woodford Cycle Meet, Barnardos, Fairlop Fair, Uphall Iron Age camp, Howards Ltd, Kelvin Hughes, Harts House, Wanstead House and Park
India's Gateway: Gujarat, Mumbai & Britian
- 18 October 2016 — 28 January 2017 *on now
The links between Gujarat and Redbridge stretch back over 400 years.
In 1615, when Sir Thomas Roe of Woodford secured a base for London’s East India
Company on the coast of Gujarat, the region became the first point of contact between Britain and the Indian subcontinent.
It was the beginning of an extraordinary relationship that endures to this day.
East India Company merchants used their wealth to build magnificent estates in Ilford, Wanstead and Woodford, while over the last 50 years many Gujaratis have made their
home in Redbridge.
The exhibition presents a vivid portrait of the region and explores the lives and experiences of Gujarati communities today in both India and Redbridge.
This touring exhibition is based around new photography and film by renowned
photographer Tim Smith and material from Redbridge Museum’s collections.
*Exhibition Launch Event on Tuesday 25 October from 6pm*
Photographer Tim Smith will explore the themes of the exhibition which features his photographs of Gujarat.
Sail Away to India Under 5s Event
- 25 October 2016 10:30am-12pm
Storytelling, rhymes and craft for under 5s
This event is linked to Redbridge Museum's exhibition 'India's Gateway: Gujarat, Mumbai & Britain' exhibition open from 18 October 2016 - 28 January 2017
£1.50 per child
- 26 October 2016 10:30am-12pm
Make a sari in the traditional Gujarati Bandhani style and then learn how to wear it.
This event is linked to Redbridge Museum's exhibition 'India's Gateway: Gujarat, Mumbai & Britain open from 18 October - 28 January 2017.
£1.50 per child
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