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. Copies
can also be purchased
online here for £6.99 (including postage and packaging)
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 Museum has developed new taught
sessions for primary and secondary schools about the First World
War. The sessions use real artefacts, archive material and handling
resources and can be focussed on a variety of themes. Please
contact the Museum to find out more.
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
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