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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