Redbridge Museum is within the Central Library in Ilford. While Redbridge is now a London Borough, it was part of Essex until the 1960s which is why the museum is taking part in our project.
The museum hosts a range of permanent displays and temporary exhibitions, runs an active schools programme and is open Tuesday to Saturday.
There is a varied range of volunteering opportunities available with Redbridge Museum through Snapping the Stiletto. You could research local suffrage campaigners and the museum are offering training in use of the microfiche reader to find these stories hidden in old newspapers.
The museum helping Woodford County High School celebrate its centenary in 2019 and want to know what happened to the school’s first female graduates who went on to attended university in the 1920s.
They have several hours of oral history recordings which reveal local women’s stories in their own words that need to be transcribed. This can be done in your own home as the museum will send you a copy of the recording. Topics include moving from the Caribbean, nursing, the NHS, dating, sexism, racism and living in Ilford, Wanstead and Woodford.
The museums is also looking for people to visit the Women’s Library and explore see their collection from the Wanstead & Woodford Women for Peace who protested again nuclear warfare in the 1980s.
Finally, there is also an opportunity to go behind the scenes at the museum and search their archive for information about local women’s groups and societies.
All of these and other volunteering opportunities can be found here.