Object of the Week

At the heart of Redbridge Museum is a unique collection of over 7000 objects, oral history and film. Once a week we will be selecting one object from Redbridge Museum’s collection to share with you online.

This week, 7-13 April, we celebrate the opening week of our new display Kelvin Hughes – Land, Sea and Air. This new small display looks at the Kelvin Hughes company, who were based in Hainault from 1917 to 2012. This world-class firm makes navigational equipment, mainly for ships and aircraft.

This display looks at the history of the firm through the eyes of some of the people who worked there. It also features some of the things they made, which have been recently donated to Redbridge Museum by Kelvin Hughes.

Our object of the week is a Sextant made by Henry Hughes & Co., in the 1930s. This instrument was used to measure the angle between two visible objects. It was an important part of equipment to help seamen make accurate calculations.

To find out more, visit the display Kelvin Hughes – Land, Sea and Air from 8 April – 4 October 2014 or call 020 8708 2317.

Name – Sextant

Associated Dates 1930s

Location – On display, Redbridge Museum 2nd Floor, Redbridge Central Library, Ilford IG1 1EA

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