Residents asked to bring Redbridge history alive

Historians are looking for Redbridge residents to come forward and share their stories with a preservation project.

Eastside Community Heritage, based at the University of East London, Docklands, wants to hear from anyone in the borough with an interesting tale to tell about local life from the last 50 or more years.

The records will join an archive of over 1,500 oral histories and thousands of photographs preserved for the public’s benefit.

Angela Hatcher, of Eastside, said: “The headquarters of Ilford Films were in Redbridge from 1879 to 1983 and many Redbridge women in the 1940s became munitions workers as thousands were conscripted into the war effort, were you one of them? The first tube trains to stop at Woodford and Newbury Park were in 1947, were you there?

“If you remember any of these events or have anything else to share then we want to hear your story.”

If you are interested in taking part call Angela Hatcher on 020 85534343 or email

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