Battle of the Somme Centenary
1 July 2016 marks the centenary of the battle of the Somme
during the First World War. As part of nationwide commemorations,
Redbridge Libraries and Redbridge Museum are leading a special
Friday 1 July
Launch of website- Redbridge
and the First World War
Redbridge Museum has launched a brand new website about the
impacts of the First World War on Redbridge visit www.redbridgefirstworldwar.org.uk
Ilford War Memorial Service, Eastern Avenue
Service of Commemoration by the Royal British Legion
Unveiling of plaque in memory of Corporal Horace Cowlin who was
killed on the first day of the battle of the Somme.
- Time: 2pm
- The plaque will be unveiled next to the memorial shelter
The Somme: A special evening of commemoration at Gants
This commemorative evening will commence with a screening of a
film from the period about the battle of the Somme. Followed by an
illustrated talk by Nick Dobson at 7pm.
Saturday 2 July
Pop - up Library at Fairlop
The Pop - up Library features a small Redbridge Museum
exhibition and information on local experience of the First World
War plus a collection of related library materials.
Sunday 3 July
Service and Parade by Royal British Legion
- Time: 10.30am at St Peter's Church, Aldborough Hatch
Free screening of a film from the period about the
battle of the Somme
- Thursday 7 July screening at 6.30pm & 7.30pm
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Redbridge and the First World War book
Redbridge Museum has launched a brand new
book about the impacts of the First World War on
The book is fully illustrated and features extensive new
research not previously published. Copies can be purchased from
Redbridge Museum and most Redbridge libraries, price £4.95.
can also be purchased online for £6.99 (including postage
This book uncovers some of the impacts of the First World
War in Ilford, Wanstead and Woodford, in what is now the London
Borough of Redbridge.
Based on new research by Redbridge Museum, the book explores
how the war affected local life, the international nature of the
conflict, family histories of local residents and how people coped
with the transition to peace.
From the recruiting offices of the 4th Essex Regiment to the
bloodstained shores of Gallipoli, the book follows the lives of
local soldiers but also outlines how those at home were affected.
This included a local airfield used in the defence of London
against Zeppelin raids, factories geared to the war effort,
hospitals which treated the wounded, residents who provided a home
for Belgian refugees and an insight into how the lives of women and
children were altered.
Featuring a wealth of photographs, archives and personal
family papers the story is told through the words of the people who
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Redbridge and the First World War: An Exhibition
11 November 2014 - 30 May 2015
This major exhibition by Redbridge Museum uncovered some of the
local impacts of the First World War. Based on new research, the
exhibition explored how the war affected local life, the
international nature of the conflict and the family histories of
today's Redbridge residents.
The display featured a wealth of historic objects, photographs
and personal items, many were on display for the first
time. The exhibition also included films made by Wanstead High
School students and artist Victoria
Lucas, working with the Museum and the National Portrait
National Memory Local Stories
Redbridge Museum with students from Wanstead High School
National Memory - Local Stories, a nationwide project led by
the National Portrait Gallery, London. At workshops at Redbridge
Museum, students explored a poignant collection of documents,
photographs and medals from the Museum relating to Private Cyril
Page of Wanstead, who was killed in action in 1918. The students
produced a film about the life of Cyril which was shown during the
exhibition 'Redbridge and the First World War' which ran at
Redbridge Museum from November 2014 to June 2015.
Redbridge Council took part in the UK-wide Lights Out event
on Monday 4 August 2014. Lights out was an invitation to
everyone to turn off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on 4 August.
The event marked 100 years since Britain declared war on
Germany, at 11pm on 4 August 1914.
Several Council and Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure
buildings took part in Lights Out.
During 2014 poppies were planted in prominent
places in the Borough. Existing summer wild flower meadows in
parks and open spaces were over sowed with an enriched poppy
mix to provide a strong poppy theme.
Below is a list of sites:
- Goodmayes Park
- Elmhurst Gardens
- South Park
- Roding Valley Park, Roding Lane
- Ray Park (picture to the
- Clayhall Park
- Valentines Park
- Redbridge Recreation