Redbridge and the First World War book Redbridge Museum

Redbridge Museum has launched a brand new book about the impacts of the First World War on Redbridge.


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.


Book blurb

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 were there.


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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 ExhibitionRedbridge and the First World War 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 Gallery.


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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