‘Memory booth’ to bring Hornchurch park’s history to life

PUBLISHED: 13:53 26 August 2016

A 93-year-old is re-united with the very crash-tender vehicle he drove at RAF Hornchurch.

A 93-year-old is re-united with the very crash-tender vehicle he drove at RAF Hornchurch.


A unique ‘living museum’ booth is coming to the one of the borough’s parks giving people the chance to share their memories of the area.

Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre in Hornchurch Country parkIngrebourne Valley Visitor Centre in Hornchurch Country park

The Essex Wildlife Trust will open a memory booth for the public at their Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre, in Hornchurch Country Park, on Saturday, September 3.

The interactive booth will provide information about the park and its history using photographs, videos and recordings.

Hornchurch Park has a rich history as it used to be a farmland before it was transformed into an airfield during both world wars.

Tarnya Carter, environmental projects programme manager at Essex Wildlife Trust, said: “The Memory Booth has been designed especially for the community and visitors to Hornchurch Country Park and the Ingrebourne Valley.

“The site has some interesting history and we want to capture that from people’s experiences.

“We are grateful to Tarmac for their support and funding for this great project.”

The opening of the booth is part of a wider open day at the park to mark 100 years to the day since pilot William Leefe Robinson took off from Hornchurch and became the first person to shoot down a German airship.

The opening of the £7,000 memory booth was funded by construction solutions firm Tarmac.

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