NEW programme of exciting history day workshops!

Epping Forest District Museum is launching a NEW programme of exciting and engaging history days.

SPECIAL OFFER: BOOK ONE OF THE NEW WORKSHOPS BEFORE EASTER 2020 AND GET 20% OFF!

Ofsted’s new inspection framework emphasises:

  • the importance of equality of opportunity, giving pupils a broad and balanced curriculum, developing their subject knowledge and skills in foundation subjects, especially history.

Now is the time to make use of your museum, a great value local resource with experienced educators who can support the implementation of your curriculum intent, with an experience that is bound to have a huge impact on your pupils.

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‘It really matters that children learn and enjoy things they won’t necessarily experience at home’  Amanda Speilman, HM Chief Inspector of Education

 

 

New Workshops available:

Toys in the Past  (KS1 / FS)

DISCOVER the toys local girl Ellen Buxton played with 100 years ago, using images from her beautiful diary and real old toys from the museum collection to consider similarities and differences with modern toys.

EXPLORE toys through the ages in the museum galleries, through a museum trail and the chance to play with old toys and games.

CREATE a toy from the past to take home and enjoy.

Local Legends – Significant people from our Local Area  (KS1 or KS2)

1H8A5224DISCOVER the history of our local area, through the stories of significant local characters from ancient to modern times. Includes some dressing up and acting.

EXPLORE the museum collection to find out about key local people and the places where they lived or worked, through a museum trail.  Consider how historians separate fact from legend.

CREATE a print in the style of local artist Walter Spradbery, and learn about how Epping Forest was a centre of creativity 100 years ago.

Local study – Victorians or Tudors (KS2)

StockShots2016-019DISCOVER how local people lived in the past, using a variety of artefacts and documents. Includes dressing up and object handling.

EXPLORE the collection, including a trail through the museum’s original timber-framed Tudor house; or a chance to go “behind the scenes” and create a museum display of real Victorian objects.

CREATE a Tudor sundial or a Victorian sampler to take home.

Prehistory – Stone Age to Iron Age (KS2)

IMG_0230DISCOVER how the local environment changed through the different stages of the Stone Age, and how the people living in this area adapted to these changes. Find out how archaeologists learn about the past, by studying real Stone Age objects including real woolly mammoth remains.

EXPLORE the museum collection to broaden understanding of life in prehistoric times, through a museum trail with additional activities.

CREATE a clay pot using techniques that Bronze Age people in this area used, or make a mini mammoth, to take home.

Romans  (KS2)

DISCOVER the story of Romans who settled in the local area through a role playing workshop.  Examine the real evidence discovered by archaeologists at the site of a Roman villa.

EXPLORE the galleries to find out more about life locally in Roman times, and see some of the special Roman collection behind the scenes.

CREATE a cut-out Roman soldier or lady of the villa.

 

WW2 incorporating “The Boys” Holocaust survival exhibition (KS2 – Year 6)       

      ** AVAILABLE May – end September 2020 **

DISCOVER  what life was like on the Home Front in WW2, by handling original objects and revealing their stories.

EXPLORE “The Boys” temporary exhibition, commemorating 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz.

CREATE – Use boxes of artefacts to piece together the story of how our district played a vital part in the recovery of a group of child Holocaust survivors. Decorate stones to remember individual child survivors, to take back to school.

For more information or to book contact: Catherine Hammond, Education Officer 01992 564994 chammond@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Venue: Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL    The museum is fully accessible, with lift access to all floors. 

Availability: from May 2020 onwards Timing: A full day programme includes 3 workshops, breaks and lunch which can be eaten in the museum garden or inside if wet. Timings are flexible to suit your school.

Cost: £7 per pupil. The museum shop is available for pupils to use.                                  Book before Easter 2020 to get the discount rate of £5.60 per pupil.

Transport: coaches can drop off on Quaker Lane, next to the museum

You Wear it Well – volunteer blogs

Hear from some of our volunteers about their latest project, helping with the You Wear It Well exhibition and why they want to be a volunteer!

helenName: Helen

What is the current exhibition you are working on about?

The costume exhibition is called ‘You Wear it Well’. It tells the story of the museum’s costume collection and how we care for it.

Which has been your favourite costume you’ve worked on so far and why?

The 1914 wedding dress, it has swing to its structure and style.

 

 

What are you working on at the moment and going to work on next?

I have been working on condition checking and preparing for the exhibition. I have also been steaming the costume ready for photography and display. The next steps will including searching for ephemera related to the exhibition.

Why have you chosen to volunteer at Epping Forest District Museum?

I have an interest in history and museums in general. Also, a local resident in Waltham Abbey.

You Wear it Well – volunteer blogs

Hear from some of our volunteers about their latest project, helping with the You Wear It Well exhibition and why they want to be a volunteer!

MichaelaName: Michaela

What is the current exhibition you are working on about?

‘Wear it well’ – costume exhibition, deals with various aspects of the history of clothes from early 20th century up until the present day. This exhibition also explains how to look after the costume collection and what damages could occur.

Which has been your favourite costume you’ve worked on so far and why?

One of them would be an evening dress with floral decorations, a light blue one from the 1950s. It has a lovely ballroom feel, it’s in great condition, and as I love that time period, it is one of my favourites of this exhibition.

What are you working on at the moment and going to work on next?

I have been measuring and condition checking the costumes we chose for the exhibition, also I have started steaming them and will continue to do this.

Why have you chosen to volunteer at Epping Forest District Museum?

I have always been interested in history (any field) and have visited various museums since I was a child. As I don’t live far away and have a keen interest in behind the museum scenes, Epping Forest District Museum was an easy choice. I have learned a lot and have met lovely people.

You Wear it Well – volunteer blogs

Hear from some of our volunteers about their latest project, helping with the You Wear It Well exhibition and why they want to be a volunteer!

JoanName: Joan

What is the current exhibition you are working on about?

‘You wear it well’ exhibition is the new display for 2020. It involves fashion and accessories portraying the museums costume collection.

Which has been your favourite costume you’ve worked on so far and why?

A long black velvet evening coat, its timeless! It is elegant in good condition and the coat can be worn and suited over any dress.

 

 

What are you working on at the moment and going to work on next?

At the moment we are working on conditioning reports for the exhibition, such as accessories. Next, we have plans for laying out the Perspex exhibition cubes.

Why have you chosen to volunteer at Epping Forest District Museum?

I have a love of history, its interesting to learn low artefacts are cared for through conversation. Meeting new friends, in the last two years I have enjoyed working on the costume.

Being an apprentice at Epping Forest District Museum

Melis 1`Hi there, my name is Melis and I am a business admin and customer service apprentice at Epping Forest District Council. My first 6-month placement was here at Epping Forest District Museum.

My journey started off with leaving Harlow college with a distinction in music, and not knowing my next step to success. I had no interest in going to university or carry on being in education. My initial plan was to carry on doing music, but my route changed after having the suggestion of joining the council as an apprentice by my own mother.

I applied not knowing anything about the council at all, and within a few weeks, I had received an email to inform me that I will be interviewed but with a pre-training week taking place beforehand.

During my pre-training week, I met other apprentices to be, who were part of my age group, I wasn’t expecting this at all. I had learnt more about the departments in the council and a few skills on how to undergo an interview. All of this really helped me with succeeding in securing my apprenticeship placement at the council.

My interview had taken place right after that week and I believe that was the best interview I had ever experienced. This was because I felt more comfortable knowing that I had practiced this time. Whereas with my part time jobs in the past, I hadn’t prepared for an interview before and my interviews were based on how well I worked in a team activity rather than having a discussion in a one-to one meeting.

Melis 3My interviewer had asked which placement I’d be interested to work in first, and straight away I wanted to work at the museum as I had an interest in history and really liked working with children.

On induction day, we were presented to our managers and I was so delighted to meet my manager knowing that I had got the placement I wanted, I was very grateful. The next day, I had toured round the museum and Hemnall street and all my colleagues had introduced themselves to me and made me feel welcome.

 

I have been doing a variety of things at my first placement. I focused on a schedule that I’d be doing from Monday to Friday. On Mondays and Tuesdays, I’d be working with a colleague on marketing tasks, which would include marketing theory and updating contact lists for upcoming events. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, I would be helping the volunteers with the museum collection which was a great experience because, I had the opportunity to hold old items even from the Victorian period. I’d add new collections onto a spreadsheet, move boxes around to see what needs to be put on display and sometimes clean these items in a specific way as these were really old and delicate things to take care of.

On Friday mornings I’d sit on reception, deal with customers face to face as well as over the phone. I learnt how to use the till and learnt more about the shop stock which was interesting.

Aside from these specific projects I’d also deal with customers over the phone whilst being in the office and help with a number of activities and events that took place. For example: Toddler Tuesdays which is once a month and Museum Movers which is a movement class for those over 55. It was great to participate in these activities because not only was it fun but, I’d meet new customers all the time and they were very friendly.

I do not know where my next placement will be, but I am excited as there are so many opportunities coming my way. My apprenticeship lasts for 2 years meaning I get to work in four placements in total. Even if I am not keen on one placement, I will remain optimistic because firstly, it will give me the benefit of learning new skills, and secondly, it will help me decide which areas I would like to work in when I apply for a job at the council in two years’ time.

I have had a lovely experience here and I will really miss the Museum and staff and the volunteers, and surely will visit again soon!

 

 

You Wear It Well – volunteer blogs

Hear from some of our volunteers about their latest project, helping with the You Wear It Well exhibition and why they want to be a volunteer!

Carolyn 1Name: Carolyn

What is the current exhibition you are working on about?

The exhibition showcases the best (and worst) of our costume collection. An example would be ‘cradle to grave’ which shows christening gowns and wedding outfits. Our ‘gladrags’ section displays the best of our party and evening wear.

Which has been your favourite costume you’ve worked on so far and why?

The black Victorian mourning cape because it is beautifully made and is still in excellent condition. There is delicate decorative beading and was made by a company ‘by appointment to the Queen.’ The purple long evening dress associated with the long black velvet coat makes this an elegant outfit for a night out.

What are you working on at the moment and going to work on next?

We have been researching the garments selected for the display although we have no information of the origins of some. We have checked the condition of the garments prior to display. Next will be padding the mannequins so costumes can fit.

Why have you chosen to volunteer at Epping Forest District Museum?

I have chosen to volunteer at Epping Forest District Museum because, it is local to me and I have always been interested in history, especially the Neolithic period, but I have been fascinated by learning about other areas such as the costume and art collections.

 

 

 

Takeover Day 2019

On Wednesday 20 November, year 8 students from King Harold Business & Enterprise Academy, took over the running of the museum as part of Takeover Day.

Visitors took part in a tour, activities and a trail all devised and led by the students, and were in charge of our Twitter and Facebook accounts for the day.

Three students were even interviewed live on BBC Essex radio – something they only found out about an hour before going on air.

Lilly live on air with Richard Smith from BBC Essex

The 10 pupils worked with staff, in a series of preparations days, to learn more about the day to day running of the museum; they were given a behind the scenes tour, handled objects from the collections, created posters and content for their tours.

Climate change

They themed their take over around climate change, linking it to the current Ice Age exhibition; this period was a natural form of climate change, comparing it to now as more manmade through global warming.

One gallery had been declared a ‘no go zone’ to represent how, through climate change, parts of the world will disappear and be submerged in the oceans. Another gallery was filled with one week’s worth of rubbish to show how much waste each household has and to encourage visitors to recycle as much as they can.

Jack, Rhiannon, Rhianna and Archie with Woolly and a small forest of handmade trees

One activity the year 8s run was to make little trees from cork, a cocktail stick, beads and ripped paper. Each tree represented a real endangered tree and was given a label with details of where the tree currently survives and why it is under threat of extinction. This small forest of trees will be on display until the beginning of December.

A word from the students

We asked the pupils what they did as part of Takeover Day, what they enjoyed and what they learnt that surprised them about working in a museum – here are their answers:

Mark: I did the tours [and enjoyed] all of it.

Rhianna: I was posting on social media updating Twitter and Facebook for the public and update our #takeoverday . I enjoyed making captions and doing the social media.

Mark and Dmithry giving their tour to the headteacher and deputy head of King Harold Academy

Obinna: I did a tour, [and enjoyed] doing tours and being on the radio.

Dmithry: I did the tours with Mark, [enjoyed] all of it and [learnt that working in a museum] is really fun.

Joni: I took part in the tree activity. I enjoyed making trees and helping others make them. I was surprised that I was going to be on the radio.

Louie: I advertised outside, I had a go at a tour, I spoke to the chairman and helped people make trees. [I enjoyed] speaking to the chairman 1 on 1 (I found that really exciting). I’m quite good at advertising and drawing people in.

Lilly: We learnt about climate change and we done tour and other jobs that people who work here do. [I enjoyed] everything. I learnt a lot about climate change and how people work in the museum.

Rhiannon: I was posting on social media updating Twitter and Facebook about our takeover day. I enjoyed making the different captions for our tweets and taking the pictures, I also enjoyed spotting our woolly mammoth. I learnt how much work, effort and time goes into the takeover day.

Archie: I made trees, helped with snakes and ladders and made a poster. [I enjoyed] making trees. [I learnt working in a museum] is easy.

Takeover Day

Takeover Day is a national celebration (created by Kids in Museums) of young people’s contributions to museums, galleries, arts organisations, archives and heritage sites. It’s a day on which they work alongside staff and volunteers to participate in the life of the organisation or venue.

To find more, visit https://kidsinmuseums.org.uk/takeoverday/

What’s On for Adults

Wellness and Wellies

Every Wednesday

2pm – 4pm, Free

Join our volunteer gardening club. Everyone is welcome, whether you’re an experienced gardener or a complete beginner. It’s a chance to sow and grow, learn new skills, try out ideas and make new friends. Perfect for those who have no garden, but would like one.

No need to book, just drop in. For further information please contact Victoria Robertson, Community Engagement Officer. Tel: 01992 564561 vrobertson@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Museum Movers

Friday 6 September 2019 – Friday 13 December 2019

Friday 10 January 2020 – Friday 3 April 2020

10.30am – 12noon

£2.50 includes tea and coffee

55+ years

Museum Movers are fun, informal dance sessions, designed to promote health, well-being and freedom of movement. You are welcome to do a seated version or can challenge yourself by performing the moves standing. All abilities are welcome. No need to book, just drop in. Please wear clothes that are comfortable to move in.

Victorian Garland Making Working

Wednesday 27 November

1pm – 3pm

£15

16+ years

Come along and make a garland using fresh herbs and dehydrated fruit to add a festive scented Victorian touch to your home this Christmas. Together we will begin the session by gathering a selection of fresh herbs from our medicinal garden here at the museum.

Book at https://eppingforestdc.bookinglive.com/ or call 01992 564226 (Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm)

Prehistoric Art talk by Dr Paul Bahn

Thursday 5 December

Waltham Abbey Town Hall, Highbridge Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1DE

8pm, doors open 7.15pm for book sales and signing     

£10 per person

Booking essential

Join us for this very special opportunity to hear Dr Paul Bahn, leading world expert on the art of the Ice Age, introduce us to the incredible images created by our ancestors, tens of thousands of years ago. Talk is sponsored by Andante Travels.

Book at https://eppingforestdc.bookinglive.com/ or call 01992 564226 (Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm)

What’s On – Out and About

The Barking Dog Theatre Company presents…Alice in Wonderland

Friday 1 November

North Weald Village Hall, High Road, North Weald CM16 6BU

11am

£8 per ticket, most suitable for 5 – 9 years but all ages welcome

The Barking Dog Theatre Company presents an exciting adaptation of one of the most famous books, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

You can expect catchy sing-along songs, fabulous puppets and lots of 
surprises. From when Alice falls down the rabbit hole to the hilarious and curious ending, everyone, even the adults, will be spellbound. A great show suitable for families and particularly for children aged five to nine years. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Booking line opens Monday 30 September https://eppingforestdc.bookinglive.com/ or call 01992 564226

What’s On – Special Events for Children and Families

Ice Age Exhibition: Opening Event

Tuesday 29 October

11am – 3pm

Admission free, craft activity £2.00 per child

All ages welcome

Join us for the opening of our Ice Age Exhibition, with a special display by Essex Rock and Mineral Society and the chance to make an Ice Age Animal Mask. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. No booking required, just drop in.

Spooky Steps Dance Workshop

Wednesday 30 October

10.30am – 12noon

£10, 5+ years

Booking essential

Come and celebrate Halloween by learning a dance based on the famous ‘Thriller’ video and play some spooky themed games. Please feel free to come dressed up on a Halloween theme. Spooky fruity juices will be provided.

Book at https://eppingforestdc.bookinglive.com/ or call 01992 564226 (Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm)

Stone Age Flint Knapping

Saturday 2 November

11am – 4pm

Admission free, craft activity £2.00 per child

All ages welcome

Join us for an amazing demonstration of how tools were made during the Stone Age and make your own piece of Ice Age art. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. No booking required, just drop in.

Takeover Day

Wednesday 20 November

11am – 3pm

Students from King Harold Business & Enterprise Academy will be running the museum for the day. Join us to get involved with their activities, take a unique tour, and see how they have transformed the museum.

Cavalcade of Light

Friday 29 November

5pm – 7pm

All ages welcome

Explore the museum after hours as we celebrate the Cavalcade of Light. Before the lights are switched on join us for an evening of music, activities, and festive refreshments. No need to book. Children need to be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Father Christmas

Saturday 7 December

10.30am – 4pm

£6 per child, all ages welcome

Come along for our annual festive Christmas event.  Have a go at our Christmas craft, visit Father Christmas in his grotto and receive a gift. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. No need to book, just drop in.  You will be allocated a time to visit the grotto. You may be required to wait; art and craft activities are available to do while you wait.

Toddler Father Christmas

Tuesday 10 December

10am – 12noon

£6 per child, most suitable for toddlers aged 2 – 4 years

Our regular toddler session has a very special guest today. Father Christmas will be here in his grotto. As well as our regular rhyme, craft and story, you can also visit the grotto and receive a special gift. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. To book your place please call the museum on 01992 716882 or email museum@eppingforestdc.gov.uk