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Mammoth sale of cakes for Matilda

Mammoth sale of cakes for Matilda

Image of Ilford Mammoth skull

Children of SS Peter's and Paul's school enjoyed a day of fun and festivity this Wednesday, selling cakes to parents, and other children as part of an event set to raise funds for the local installation of a replica mammoth skull. Hannah Chowdhry (aged 11) organised the event as founder of a project to return the skull. It was found in Ilford by Sir Antonio Brady in 1864 near Ilford Lane and is a prized asset now at the Natural History Museum London. A replica of the skull currently is being displayed in their mammalian section and the original in their main foyer.

Hannah learnt about the Ilford Mammoths during a trip to Redbridge Museum when she was seven years old and asked her father to bring it home to Ilford. Since then her interest in prehistory has led her to find a 128 million year old fossil at the Isle of Wight and a 65 million year old fossil at Romford (whilst finding suitable period gravel for the Ilford mammoth display).

She challenged Fulwood Primary school to help raise funds earlier this year and they raised over £200. It is hoped a similar amount will be raised via the cake sale at SS Peters and Paul's.

The skull replica is now to be donated to the East Ilford Betterment Partnership, who will be loaning it to Redbridge Museum located in Redbridge Central Library, for local people to view. However in able to do this the group needs to raise a further £2600 for the installation and launch event.

Hannah Chowdhry said:

"I have dreamed of this day for ages. I am so glad the Natural History Museum is giving us the replica skull that was made from the original bones as it feels like part of 'Matilda' is coming with us."

Proud father Wilson Chowdhry said:

"I am so impressed with Hannah's dedication to this project. She has travelled across London to museums and schools to talk about our project and has recruited two local schools to join our fund raising campaign for this important piece of our local history. The skull when installed in Redbridge Museum will galvanise pride in our prehistoric past and inspire the next generation."