Object of the week 10-14 June

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, however, this week our  focus is on a talk rather than an object.

We are looking forward to a special event hosted by the Ilford Historical Society whose thought-provoking talk is set to discuss ‘Retail Therapy – Ilford’s shops from Edwardian times to today’.  This talk will take place on Monday 14 July, 7.30pm at the historic Ilford Hospital Chapel. Admission is £2, £1 for Ilford historical Members and includes light refreshments. 

In anticipation of this talk we reminisce back to our 2009 Museum display ‘Fairheads of Ilford – A century of shopping’ This display gave visitors an insight into the history of one of Ilford’s most popular family business Fairheads.

Fairheads’ was located on Cranbrook Road Ilford, it sadly came to a close in December 2008 after 100 years of trading. The store was well known as the place to go to buy household textiles, scarves, handkerchiefs and housed its own haberdashery section.

Pictured below is a set of seven price tags used at the department store and during the 1960s.


 A view of Fairheads from Cranbrook Road









To find out more about the history of shops in Ilford join the talk presented by the Ilford Historical Society on Monday 14 July 2014 at Ilford Hospital Chapel.

Title – Sale tags
Associated Dates – 1960s
Location – Currently not on display
Opening times – Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm & Saturday 10am-4pm

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