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Redbridge is still commemorating the centenary of the First World War with a programme of events taking place across the Borough.

Redbridge and the First World War: An ExhibitionRedbridge and the First World War Exhibition

11 November - 30 May 2015

This major exhibition by Redbridge Museum uncovers some of the local impacts of the First World War. Based on new research, the exhibition explores how the war affected local life, the international nature of the conflict and the family histories of today's Redbridge residents.

The display features a wealth of historic objects, photographs and personal items, many on display for the first time. The exhibition also includes films made by Wanstead High School students and artist Victoria Lucas, working with the Museum and the National Portrait Gallery.

See more about the Redbridge and the First World War Exhibition.


Guests of the Nation - Belgian Refugees, the First World War and Redbridge

An exhibition by Redbridge Museum

Tuesday 17 February to Sunday 31 May

In the first few months of the First World War, several hundred Belgian refugees arrived in Ilford, Wanstead and Woodford, where they found a home. This Redbridge Museum exhibition explores where they stayed and what life was like for them. Many stayed at Valentines Mansion and the display recreates one of their rooms.

Free entry. Open during normal opening hours visit Valentines Mansion website for more information .


Events in March (Women's History Month)

During the month of March there will also be an exhibition showing Redbridge women at work, organised by Information and Heritage in Collaboration with Eastside Community Heritage.

Visit this display, Working Women at Redbridge Central Library during normal opening hours.

We also have two special events celebrating Women's History Month both taking place at Wanstead Library:


Lights Out

Redbridge Council took part in the UK-wide Lights Out event on Monday 4 August. 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.


Poppy FieldsPoppies in Ray Park

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 South
  • Ray Park (picture to the right)
  • Clayhall Park
  • Valentines Park
  • Redbridge Recreation Ground
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