Visit to Redbridge

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Photography by Menen G, Cultural toy workshop

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Photography by Menen G, Sally transcribing

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Photography by Menen G, Redbridge museum

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Photography by Menen G, Sallys notes

Today’s trip to the Redbridge Library was one full of surprise and many little treasures. We started of our visit with a walk around the museum with Gerard Greene and found the resources available to us were fantastic. The installation of the kitchen even triggered memories of Grandma’s kitchen for Sally.

The range of memories and stories of the area encapsulated in a small space was a useful find helping us (the group) understand the historical and cultural backgrounds of the area. We also discovered the tale of Wanstead House and how such a grand history was lost. The most valuable discoveries of the day were being lucky enough to transcribe a recording of a local, originally from Trinidad talking about her childhood and play and the contrast between two countries.

The highlight of the day had to be being introduced to all the cultural play with Sandra Haynes – Education Officer at the museum. There were toys from Asia, Russia, Africa and the Caribbean with hand crafted make your own toys to artisan Victorian teddy bears. The room was filled with toys you could only dream of and memories being jogged by creativity. The beauty in the art of play was truly awoken in all of us today and has inspired some great ideas for our play days and workshops. Now back to the drawing board with all the possibilities this road of research brings.

Posted by MG

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