What have we been up to while the museum is being refurbished?

Its been a busy summer for the museum team. Along with all the planning and work involved in the redevelopment of the museum the staff have been out and about putting on a variety of events and activities all over the district. Here is a little insight into what we have been doing!

From March this year we have been out and about all over the district attending and putting on events.

Throughout the year we have been running Family Fun craft activities in Waltham Abbey Library during school holidays. Here are some of the great crafts that have been made throughout the year. To find out more about our family activities while the museum is closed email us: museum@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

In March we had a stall at Waltham Abbey Marriot Family Fun Day where we saw a lot of people and gave visitors the chance to have a go at some of the old toys in our handling collection!

Waltham Abbey Marriott Family Fun Day

This was also the first year that our organisation has taken part in Museums at Night. We ran our event at our sister site Lowewood Museum because we are closed for refurbishment and lots of people of all ages joined us for an evening of archaeology. We heard from a Roman soldier, dug up some artefacts and had a talk on the archaeological history in the Borough of Broxbourne.

Museums at night

June was a busy month with us putting together a special World War One day at Budworth Hall in Ongar. The Hall itself became a war hospital during the war so a fitting place to run this event. The day was run alongside Ongar Millennium History Society and was a chance for people to see displays and bring along any First World War objects and memories to share with us.

We also attended Waltham Abbey Town Show and Epping Town Show over the summer. Two great and well attended events with lots of activities including Tour de France inspired masks and WW1 medals.

After our day in Ongar we were able to put together a special community exhibition with the objects loaned to us by members of the public. The display ran from 4th August to 4th September. Look out for more displays in our special community cabinet exhibition case in Epping Civic Offices.

Did you see us at North Weald Airfield Community Day in September? A D-Day inspired day we had our WW2 handling objects on offer for people to see!

Our Museum redevelopment display was taken to Lopping Hall in Loughton and Waltham Abbey Church in September to keep people updated on the fantastic project going on at the Museum.

Finally we attended King Harold Day in Waltham Abbey Gardens in October. A great day with lots going on!

To find out more about our future events, join our mailing list or get in touch about any projects please email us museum@eppingforestdc.gov.uk or call 01992 716882

Meet the Team – Touring Exhibitions Assistant

Name
Vanessa Meade

Job title
Touring Exhibitions Assistant

Describe a typical working day at Epping Forest District and Lowewood Museums
My day really depends on what stage an exhibition is at. The further along we are into the exhibition process, the more manic it is! At the start, I will spend my days mainly researching, visiting other museums and displays for inspiration, writing text and getting a feel for the general concept. For the exhibitions which are produced with the Young Curators, I will also be giving or overseeing workshops once a week. Towards the end it is all systems go and you can usually find me packing up my car with something or other for the display, completing design work for the panels and marketing and trying to organise the private view event.

What is your favourite thing about working at the Museum?
I love the fantastic amount of staff expertise at the museum, if you are ever struggling with something, you can always find someone who has an idea or is willing to help you out.

Share one piece of advice for those interested in working in the Museum field.
Be flexible and learn to multitask. Although your job may be specialised in collections, educations or exhibitions, there is always going to be a time when you are going to have to deliver a project that incorporates all three.

Which historical figure would you like to meet and why. What would you ask them?
After specialising in Russian History, I have always been fascinated with meeting Alexander Kerensky. I have no idea what I would ask him though, probably where did it all go wrong.

Where would you choose to go/visit if you could go anywhere in the world for a day?
I would probably visit my family’s farm in America to drop in and say hi.

What was the first music track or album you bought?
Embarrassingly, I think it was A1’s first album.

Meet the Team – Education and Outreach Officer

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Name
Catherine Hammond

Job title
Education and Outreach Officer

Describe a typical working day at Epping Forest District and Lowewood Museums
There’s rarely a typical day – each one can be so varied! For example, one day I spent the morning running a toddler group singing nursery rhymes and making sheep puppets, in the afternoon I delivered a workshop on the Second World War to a group of secondary school pupils, then in the evening I ran a training session on Prehistory for a group of Primary school teachers.

What is your favourite thing about working at the Museum?
Thankfully, it’s the variety my job offers!

Share one piece of advice for those interested in working in the Museum field.
Be prepared to do anything, and most especially enjoy working with people.

Which historical figure would you like to meet and why. What would you ask them?
Probably Henry VIII – I’d really like to try and talk him out of dissolving the monasteries.

Where would you choose to go/visit if you could go anywhere in the world for a day?
Tough one – if it didn’t take a day to get there and back, it would probably be Stokes Bay, Kangaroo Island, Australia.

What was the first music track or album you bought?
Double Dutch, by Malcolm McLaren

Meet the Team – Museum Administration Officer

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Name
Mel Bekir

Job title
Museum Administration Officer

Describe a typical working day at Epping Forest District and Lowewood Museums.
Generally, balancing budgets!!! … placing orders, processing invoices, fielding phone calls. And so much more!

What is your favourite thing about working at the Museum?
A happy friendly team.

Share one piece of advice for those interested in working in the Museum field.
You do not have to be a historical whizz kid to work within the administration sector of the Museum; and it adds another dimension to the administration work you undertake. Where else can you be balancing figures in the morning and helping the Exhibitions Officer with the launch of the latest touring exhibition in the afternoon!

Which historical figure would you like to meet and why. What would you ask them?
Ronald Reagan – I would have to ask him, as a young jobbing actor, did he ever envisage one day being the holder of the most powerful job on earth!!.. How did that transition happen??!!

Where would you choose to go/visit if you could go anywhere in the world for a day? Cheesy as this may sound, I would love to go to Northern Cyprus for the day. Its where my parents were born and as a child we visited every couple of years. We would stay in my grandmother’s very simple home in the beautiful village of Lourougina on the Turkish/Greek border. I haven’t been since 1984 and my grandparents and all my uncles are no longer with us but it would be nice to go back to the village where they all grew up and re-live some of my childhood memories.

What was the first music track or album you bought?
Donny Osmond – Puppy Love