Help needed with ‘Wanstead from above’

A unique collection of aeriel photographs of Redbridge which was discovered in the Town Hall basement could be finding its way online – but only if volunteers are prepared to help.

They are needed to clean and scan the photos, which were taken every 10 years since 1935 and could show an intriguing picture of how Wanstead and surrounding areas have changed.

Redbridge Council has applied to the Heritage Lottery Fund for its financial backing for the poject.

A council spokesman said that in addition to the aerial photos, an existing collection of around 20,000 street-level photographs would be merged into the collection.

The project also includes plans to produce materials for local schools, which would allow teachers to download packs that teachers could plan history, geography and IT lessons around.

If the final funding application is successful users would also be able to upload their own images to the website, the project would also include online forums.

Volunteers will need to be available during office hours; the Council will cover expenses covered and provide training and refreshments. Work will start around Christmas. Anyone interested should contact .