Remembrance Day: Mud-stained trench map and pyramid piece among highlights of Redbridge Museum exhibition

First World War uniform from India on display with a rifle at Redbridge Museum's First World War exh

First World War uniform from India on display with a rifle at Redbridge Museum's First World War exhibition - Credit: Archant

Discover more about the borough’s connections to the Great War through a new attraction.

First World War uniform from India on display with a rifle at Redbridge Museum's First World War exh

First World War uniform from India on display with a rifle at Redbridge Museum's First World War exhibition - Credit: Archant

Redbridge Museum has unveiled Redbridge and the First World War – An Exhibition, a display which has been in the works for most of the year.

It features family stories from residents, as well as artefacts and photographs – many of which are being shown for the first time.

Gerard Greene, the museum’s manager, said: “The exhibition has taken 10 months of hard work.

“We have learnt so much about both the subject and the local area, so that has been both fascinating and rewarding.

First World War uniform from India on display with a rifle at Redbridge Museum's First World War exh

First World War uniform from India on display with a rifle at Redbridge Museum's First World War exhibition - Credit: Archant

“It has also been a privilege to meet so many interesting people with their own family stories, who have been generous enough to help the museum.”

The exhibition features objects such as a trench map which still has mud on it, a ceremonial sword, a piece of an Egyptian pyramid and replica uniforms.

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It not only explores the military aspects of the conflict, but also the social history, such as the impact on women and children.

Mr Greene said: “It’s become clear that we are all living with the consequences of the First World War.

“Although there is so much written about it, there has until now been little published about the local impact on Redbridge.

“We hope the exhibition will have a unique appeal for visitors and that they will discover things about their local area that they never knew.”

The museum, in Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford, is also working on a new website and booklet about the war.

Visit the exhibition between 10am and 5pm Tuesday to Friday and 10am to 4pm on Saturdays.

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