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Redbridge Museum’s On The Move Exhibition

Redbridge Museum’s summer exhibition On The Move is coming to an end this weekend, so I thought I would go along and see what it was all about!  The theme is transport related and showcases a variety of different modes of transport.  As a first time visitor to the Museum exhibition, I wasn’t really aware of what to expect, and I was surprised that everything was extremely interactive providing lots of things for children to do.

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As you walk inside the exhibition space, there are lots of colours and signs drawn on the walls which are actually road signs. There are many huge structures which the children can climb on including a plane with seating for a pilot and co-pilot, a boat which children can climb aboard, and for children that love to dress up, there are costumes which they can wear. There was a train with lots of seats inside, so multiple people could sit and watch a video showing a drivers view of the London underground. The exhibition also includes other types of transport including wheelchairs, bicycles and scooters.

There is an assistant who is very hands on and keen to help all the children, explaining to them how things work, as she did this she explained how real versions of the exhibits would work too and the children were so mesmerised by her and you could really tell that they were interested in what she had to say.

The exhibition offers educational benefits because next to all the interactive activities there are fact sheets that described what it represented and for some pieces it described the history about it so that the children were learning and having a good time. The interactive activities included many puzzles, things they could build and games, including a variation of whack-a-rat.

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The atmosphere in the exhibition was entirely happy and the sounds of laughing and playing was very clear, a young boy called Charlie summed up his visit by saying “it’s fun!” and another young boy called Louis, when asked what he liked the most exclaimed “all of it!”. A grandparent of children playing also told me that she had brought her grandson once and he loved it so much that she brought him and his cousin back again! This proves that this exhibition is not one that should be missed!

Exhibition closes on Saturday 2 September, so hurry if you wish to experience the fun. Entry is FREE.

For more information visit the website

Guest Author: Kate Beard

 

 

 

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Top things for Adults in Redbridge this Easter!

Now that the kids are all sorted, it’s finally time to focus on yourself! Find out what Redbridge has to offer adults this Easter, and take that well deserved break from everyday responsibilities!


1. Curl up with a good book

April is the chance for the whole of London to come together and enjoy something collectively. This year, Cityread encourages you read the book ‘Prophecy’ by S.J Parris, a gripping Elizabethan spy thriller, focused on the plot against Elizabeth to put Mary Queen of Scots on the throne. Join our book groups, learn secret codes and meet the aumusic festthor at events taking place throughout April. Find out more on our website.

2. Enjoy some music

Enjoy music and the outdoors? Pack a picnic and head down to Valentines Mansion Gardens on Sunday 9 April for an afternoon listening to musicians and singers from in and around Redbridge. Enjoy mixing folk and jazz, soft rock and classical, pop and country, and everything around and in-between. Find out more here.

3. Take a tour of the mansion and surrounding gardens

Do you ever wonder about the history of the mansion that sits within Valentines Park? Well here’s your chance to find out. Come along on Sunday 16 April for a costumed guided tour through the house. If you’re interested in the surrounding beautiful gardens, then you won’t want to miss the tour of the gardens on Tuesday 11 April. For more tour dates, visit the website.what redbridge wore

4. Learn about Redbridge’s fashion trends

It’s fascinating to see how fashion trends have changed over the years, and this exhibition is no different. Learn what Redbridge wore over the last 400 years including 20s flapper dresses, an Edwardian wedding dress and a police uniform from the 60s! Find out opening times on our website.

5. Go DancingThe Streets, Ilford Town Centre, Events - 11 Nov 2016

Get your dancing shoes on and head over to Sir James Hawkey Hall on 12 April for our tea dance! Resident DJ Mr Wonderful has the best tunes lined up this Easter which promises an afternoon of great fun. Visit the website for more information.

6. Watch a play

Take part in a new interactive kind of play at Redbridge Drama Centre. Using your mobile phone, you can interact with David and shape his movements and sounds around you. An interesting look into how the digital world shapes us. Book your tickets now!


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Set sail and get creative with Ship Ahoy!

Redbridge Museum’s new exhibition opened just last week and the kids already love it!

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When I arrived at the exhibition, a little before opening time at 10am, I wasn’t the first one there. There were already at least ten children standing at the doors, anxiously waiting to be let into the Ship Ahoy! exhibition, ready to explore everything that was to offer. Some of them had already been signed up by parents to the morning activity that day ‘Build a Barge’ – where children could use recycled materials, scissors, tape and colouring pens to create their own boats.

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From the minute you enter the exhibition, it feels like you’ve been transported to a different place and time. Waves of blue colours on the floor reflect the vast seas, and twinkling lights give the impression of night sky, setting the scene for a truly magical experience. Hard to miss is the adult size (or perhaps child size) ship, all-inclusive with a deck, sails, wheel and even a kitchen! Kids were excited to play-act captain and crew as they imagined sailing the wild seas. The exhibition also includes something a little different this summer, sea-related board games positioned throughout the room! The giant Spice Traders board game includes two large wheels to spin carrying the game forward. For our more musically inclined visitors there is a section to sing along to sea shanties and play with instruments.

After half an hour exploring the exhibition we moved across the hall to the Gloucester Room where tables, chairs and supplies were set out for the activity. Led by our museum assistant Aki, the children were given a history of Ilford docks and the river Roding. One of the highlights of the activity was getting to visit the museum on the 2nd floor. The children listened intently as Aki told them about working at the docks and then each child was given a chance to use a magnifying glass to locate the river on the map.

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Returning to the activity room, children were given a chance to plan out their boats before being called up table by table to pick out their supplies. This was where the real fun began! The kids were back and forth, picking out the right bottles, the perfect colours and just the right material to make their perfect ship. The kids were able to get really creative with their ideas, when asked about what they enjoyed most one child said that they “enjoyed putting the strawberries on the boat” while another “enjoyed making the captain.”

The fun was not just limited to the children though! Even the parents were having an amazing time bonding with their children over this great activity. One parent said that “planning the barge with [their] son” was their favourite part!

It was a joy to see the proud and enthusiastic look on each child’s face after they were finished. Aki and our museum volunteer Jemima did a great job leading the workshop and assisting throughout the activity while I spent most of the time photographing the entire process, being a fly on the wall to ensure the children weren’t distracted, however even I was approached by a young boy who asked if I could take a picture of him with his finished boat. That was a request that I was more than happy to fulfil!

Before the session came to an end, some of the children wanted to tell the class a little about their boats. One by one the children talked about why they chose the colours and materials they did, and what they loved most about their boat. They had put so much effort into their creation, and you couldn’t help but feel proud of each of them.  A final group photo was taken before each child left the session, with their creations held tightly in their hands.

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This was just the first of many activities taking place during the exhibition run. There are plenty more to come in the next few weeks including making your own map, designing a flag for your own ship and singing sea songs and rhymes!

For more information on events visit our museum events page.

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Post Author: Nida Hussain

 


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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.

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Kodak Duo Camera on display at Redbridge Museum

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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

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Post Author: Akbinder Deo


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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 – 22 to 26 July

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 are thrilled that our family fun exhibition Super Science is now open! Our exhibition is filled with fun 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.

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One of these objects from the past to be displayed is this 1950s radio. It was presented to the Borough of Ilford as a gift by the electronics manufacturing company Plessey.  The company became one of the largest manufactures in its field; by 1955 it employed 15,000 workers. Plessey was based in Ilford’s Cottenham Road from early 1919; it then relocated to Vicarage Lane where it remained until 1992.  To find out more you can visit our Super Science exhibition until 6 September, see below for opening times.

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Title – Plessey Radio

Associated Dates 1950s

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

Opening times – 22 July – 06 September 2014

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