It's ten years ago this week since the fascinating history of an East London church was the subject of an exhibition.

The 150th anniversary of an iconic Wanstead landmark is being celebrated in a new exhibition.

Christ Church has been a focal point for the community for generations, and to mark its anniversary local historian Denis Keeling has compiled a stunning collection of photographs and archival material charting the church’s fascinating history.

The collection will go on show at the church this Sunday (July 3).

Christ Church was designed by renowned Victorian architect Sir George Gilbert Scott – the man responsible for The Albert Memorial and St Pancras Station.

His original plans for the church will be on show, but it is the photos of the people who have come and gone through the church doors which really bring the history of the church to life.

Church Warden Penelope Garlick helped organise the exhibition, collecting photos from the church’s archives and the collections of local people.

She said: “I’ve really enjoyed finding out more about the history of the church.

“There was lots that I didn’t know and putting this exhibition together has given me the opportunity to look at the church in a new light.”

Wanstead’s Rector, Reverend Doctor Liz Horwell, who will welcome Redbridge Mayor Chris Cummins to the exhibition’s opening, says she is thrilled with the quality of the archival material which is going on show.

And she added: “Some of the story contained in the exhibition is about the building itself and the changes made to it over the years.

But it is also about the people who have been part of this church over many Generations and that is what makes this building so special.”

The exhibition will be open to the public every weekend in July before moving to Wanstead library where it will remain until the end of August.