Object of the week 21-27 April

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 Redbridge will be celebrating St. George’s Day on Wednesday 23 April, with lots of fun events and activities taking place across the Borough. St. George is the patron saint of England and has been more widely celebrated in recent years.  St George is usually shown as a strong male figure wearing armour and riding a white stallion.

This week our object of the week is the original artwork for a brochure designed to celebrate Ilford becoming a Borough on 21 October 1926. It shows a figure very much like St. George although he is holding a union flag, rather than the flag of England.

For the borough celebrations, the Duke of York (who became King George VI) accompanied by his wife Elizabeth (the current Queen’s mother)  came to Ilford and presented the Royal Charter, raising the status of the then Urban District of Ilford to a Borough.

The inspiring inscription reads as ‘A Just Pride in our Yesterday….A Far-Sighted Care for our TO-MORROW…This is that by which Alone..We Live worthily our Splendid TO-DAY’.

The achievement of becoming a Borough recognised the huge growth in Ilford’s population since the 1880s, and subsequent development of Council service – parks, health, education, electricity supply, roads and trams.

Redbridge Museum is open Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-4pm

Find out what is happening in Redbridge for St George’s Day
Find out more about St. George here

object of the week 22 april 

Name – Charter Day illustration

Associated Dates – 1926

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

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