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Redbridge Museum’s Super Science exhibition – is truly out of this world!

Among all of the books in the library is the wonderful Redbridge Museum. This summer, it’s been transformed into a dreamland for all those who love science, space and getting creative.

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Before you enter the exhibition on the first floor, it’s worth taking a look at the different displays that bring forth some important history. As we are commemorating the centenary of the First World War, there is a magnificent display of Royal Mail’s First World War Stamps. Each of the proudly displayed large stamps are certainly worth marvelling at as they each tell a story of the War. Other displays include East Ilford Betterment Partnership Mosaic Workshop and a variety of knitted book covers and bags!

Inside the exhibition, there is a burst of bright colours and there are many wondrous things to explore. You can literally get hands on when it comes to the interactive activity that shows you the science behind tons of things we use everyday such as the phone! Come and see how this device has developed by inspecting it and what it looked like through the ages. Then, use your knowledge to impress your friends and family, the next time they use their phone!

There is so much to learn at the exhibition but there are also lots of creative things that you can get stuck into, each week there are various make and take activities on offer, so you can pop in each week to make some amazing creations and best of all it’s free. Until the 16 August, you and your friends can make your own Fantastic Physics Recipe Book. There are tables set out, materials and instructions at the ready, all prepared for you to get creative.

If you dream of going to space one day, you are welcome to experience what it could be like in the museum’s very impressive makeshift rocket. Set against a beautiful scene of outer space and all the planets and stars, with space suits hanging in the corner, the words of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon resonates throughout the museum – “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”. The squeals of excitement from each child who put on the space suit and climbed into the rocket to allow their imagination to run wild, proves that this exhibition is certainly not one to be missed!

See here for more details of our Super Science exhibition

Location– First Floor, Super Science Exhibition, Redbridge Central Library

Opening times – 22 July – 06 September 2014

Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm & Saturday 10am-4pm

Post author: Raeesa Mukhtar


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Object of the week – 3 to 7 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.

This week we revisit one of our artifacts on display in our temporary exhibition a History of Redbridge in Maps. This exhibition explores over 2,000 years of local history will sadly come to a close on 14 June 2014.

6 June 2014 is the 70th anniversary of D-Day when Allied Forces invaded Nazi-occupied Europe. This map was used in World War II by British forces.

During this time around 1 million escape maps were made on behalf of the British armed forces. These were issued to soldiers, seamen and airmen in case they found themselves behind enemy lines. They were particularly useful for airmen who could be shot down and then had to make their way to safety.

The maps were printed on lightweight silk, or rayon so they were easy to hide, waterproof, crease resistant and didn’t make a noise when opened , so wouldn’t give away their hiding position to the enemy.

This particular map shows part of India and Burma and was donated to the Museum by a local person in Hainault.
Object 3 June

Title – Escape map for British forces during World War II

Associated Dates– 1939-1945

Location – On display- Redbridge Museum, Central Library 1st Floor

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

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Object of the week 29 April-4 May

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. Next month on the Thursday 22 May Local and European Parliamentary Elections will take place across the country.

Eligible Redbridge residents will exercise their right to vote at polling stations around the Borough to elect a Member of Parliament to represent them in the House of Commons and European Parliament.

Next month will also mark the 132nd birthday of Woodford resident (from 1924 to 1956) Sylvia Pankhurst. Sylvia was best known as a ‘Suffragette’ who campaigned for the right for women to be able to vote. Sylvia and other members of the group were repeatedly imprisoned for they protests.

Women finally won equal voting rights in 1928 after the Equal Franchise Act of 1928 was passed giving women the same voting rights as men.

This week our object of the week is a set of badges, kindly on loan from the Museum of London. Pieces like these were produced by the Suffragettes to help promote their campaign for women’s rights to vote.

To find out more about Sylvia Pankhurst’s visit our display A Campaigner’s Story at Redbridge Museum, or view details of our past exhibition ‘Celebrating Sylvia Pankhurst’ here

Remember If you are not registered to vote this year you have until Tuesday 6 May 2014 for the Electoral Registration Team to receive your signed and completed form.

object of the week 28 april Redbridge Museum is open Tuesday to Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-4pm

Name  Badges

Associated Dates – 1900s

On loan from – Museum of London

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

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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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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 we mark the forty day period of Lent, which comes before Easter in the Christian Calendar. Lent is marked by fasting and is a time of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter.  During Lent it is common for believers to give up a favourite food or confectionary. Our Object of the Week is something that might be given up for Lent, chocolate!

This 1920s chocolate box from makers Cadbury’s (now Cadbury) was first produced in 1927 and continued to be produced until1932. Inside it offered consumers an assortment of new chocolate centres in a well-balanced variety.

To find out more about life in the 1930s, visit Redbridge Museum’s Kitchen display.

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

Name – Cadbury’s Mayfair Chocolates

Associated Dates – 1927

Location – On display,  Hidden Museum Object’s, Redbridge Central Library, 1st  Floor, Ilford, Essex IG1 1EA Cadburys tin

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Photo credit – courtesy of Cadbury Archives, Mondelēz International

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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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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 we look back 101 years. On 20th March 1913, the Chairman of the Ilford Urban District Council officially opened the extension to Valentines Park. To mark the occasion, this splendid ornamental key was produced.

Valentines park was made up of various purchases and gifts of land from 1898 to the 1920’s. Previously the land was owned by the Ingleby family of Valentines Mansion.  The park was created by Ilford Council to offer a place of “relaxation and pleasure” for residents and visitors at a time of a growing urban population, which is still its valuable role today.

For more information on Valentines visit our exhibition a History of Redbridge in Maps

Open Tue-Fri 10am-5pm and Sat 10am-4pm until 14th June 2014

 

Name   Ceremonial Key

Associated Dates– 1913

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

 

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