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Can you make a difference to Valentines Mansion?

Valentines Mansion & Gardens in Ilford is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us to create a truly memorable experience for visitors on our open days.  Working within this wonderful Georgian Mansion, dating back to 1696, you will be surrounded by many stories and an ever-changing architectural gem.  This would suit anyone with an interest in heritage and art, providing a wonderful chance for you to share our stories with visitors.

Perhaps you enjoy talking to people about history and art, and you are keen to support the future offering of a regency building?  Might you, then, be interested in Georgian architecture and be keen to provide an exciting visitor service at Valentines Mansion?  You could even be keen to develop your experience of retail, developing events and exciting learning experiences for all ages.  We have many exciting opportunities for you to get involved in, so get in touch!

Valentines Mansion

Valentines Mansion is grade II* listed country house with a growing profile: over 73,000 visitors have visited since we reopened to the public in 2009 and the Mansion now operates as a multi-functional cultural facility with public events, exhibitions, artists’ studios, education and hire operations.   We rely on the dedication of our volunteers to welcome visitors to open days and events so everyone can take time to enjoy the stunning setting, nestled in Valentines Park.

You will ensure our visitors enjoy our exhibitions, special events and creative workshops, step back in time and explore the recreated Victorian kitchen and Georgian rooms – there’s so much to do at Valentines, you’ll be surprised!

Valentines mansion is offering the following volunteer roles:

  • Front of House and Open Days (Event) Assistants
  • Tour and Interpretation Guides
  • Storyteller & Drama Practitioners
  • Art Workshop Leaders

Sound interesting?  Then come along and meet us on our next Volunteer Open Day on Sunday 12 October we are a very friendly, enthusiastic and dedicated team and would love to share with you our experiences of working within this much loved building.

On the 12 October, you are invited to join staff and volunteers for a complimentary tour of the mansion & gardens, apply for these roles and chat about the value of this experience.  If you are interested in volunteering, drop in between 1pm-3pm or book a place on the tour at 1pm, by e-mailing or call 020 8708 8100.

A copy of the role descriptions can also be requested through the Volunteer Centre Redbridge by  e-mailing or calling 0208 514 9624.  Alternatively, please contact Amy Mountney by e-mailing or call her on 020 8708 8100.

Roles may require you to undertake a DBS check, and all roles will require professional references.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Post author: Hardip Sohal


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Object of the Week – 16 to 20 September

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 the 18th September marks an historical occasion, as residents of Scotland cast their votes and decide if Scotland should be an independent country.

With this in mind we look back at ‘The Ilford Scottish Association’ that was founded in 1902 by members of the Presbyterian Church, Oakfield Road.

As the new suburb of Ilford prospered at the turn of the twentieth century with the expansion of London, many people moved to Ilford from elsewhere, including Scotland.

The association helped to raise thousands of pounds for good causes.  In its first year, the Ilford Scottish Association had 327 members.

The aims of the Association were to promote social intercourse among Scots, to revive and preserve Scottish reminiscences, to assist deserving persons connected with Scotland and to establish a fund for educational, charitable or benevolent objects.

This week our object of the week is a silver badge gifted to the president of the Ilford Scottish Association.  The badge displays the emblem of Scotland, a floral green and purple thistle motif.

Badge for Ilford Scottish Association president

To find out more visit Redbridge Museum 2nd Floor, Redbridge Central Library.

Opening times: Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm & Saturday 10am-4pm

For more information visit Redbridge Museum website

Post Author: Akbinder Deo

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Redbridge Musuem Object of the Week – Kodak Camera

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.

We are sad to say it’s the last few days of our fun, family interactive exhibition Super Science! If you haven’t been to visit yet the exhibition is filled with amazing science facts including the science behind light, optics and astronomy. This fantastic summer exhibition also includes interactive games, puzzles and objects from Redbridge’s past.

One of the objects that may puzzle younger visitors used to the digital world is this 1930s camera. It was used by local resident Fred James who lived in Wanstead and Woodford from 1905 to the 1970s. Throughout this period Fred took many photographs of local life, his travels abroad and his time as an Air Raid Precaution (ARP) Warden during World War II.

To find out more visit the Super Science exhibition open until Saturday 6 September and Museum display A Warden’s Story at Central Library Ilford.

Super Science Leaflet image

Kodak Duo Camera on display at Redbridge Museum

Kodak Camera

Associated Dates: 1930s

Location: First Floor, Super Science Exhibition and Redbridge Museum 2nd Floor

Opening times: 22 July-6 September 2014  Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm & Saturday 10am-4pm

Redbridge Museum website

Redbridge Museum 020 8708 2317

Post Author: Akbinder Deo