In the spirit of the season we thought we would share some seasonal art work from the Museum’s collection with you.
As some of you might be aware the museum houses a great collection of art from a variety of important and renowned artists that have strong connections with the district.
Here is a little more information about them and some of their festive and season inspired art.
Walter Spradbery was a renowned commercial artist, who lived in Buckhurst Hill. He was best known for his travel posters which were commissioned by London Transport and a number of rail companies which later became British Rail. His early work was influenced by William Morris and the New Art movement which can be seen in his exact attention to detail.
Walter Spradbery card designs
‘Winter’ by Walter Spradbery
Haydn Mackey was also a commercial artist and a close friend of Spradbery. The museum’s collection house prints, drawings, watercolours and oil paintings by Mackey showing his great skill. He has an international reputation as a painter, illustrator and war artist.
Mackey lived in the Vicarage, Waltham Abbey for a while during the 1930’s.
Both Spradbery and Mackey served together in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the First World War and both had close links to Walthamstow School of Art & Buckhurst Hill Community association.
Calendar by Mackey showing Waltham Abbey Church and the Vicarage in winter
Mackey card proofs 1934-1935
Mackey family card interior 1936-1937
Octavius Dixie Deacon
Octavius Dixie Deacon was a publisher, businessman and artist who lived in Loughton for a large part of his life. His work shows rural village life in the Victorian period. The museum houses letters, books and sketchbooks connected to Deacon.
Takeover Day is an annual day on which museums, galleries and historic homes invite children and young people in and give them a meaningful role. Children are in charge, making decisions and participating fully in the life of the museum. Young people have a say and contribute to the work of the museum. All of which is supported by Kids in Museums. To find out more about Kids in Museums or Takeover day visit their website http://kidsinmuseums.org.uk/takeoverday/
This year our Takeover Day took place at Lowewood Museum. 11 students from The Broxbourne School came in and took over our roles in the education, marketing and exhibition teams. They created an exhibition, produced marketing material to promote their day and developed and led school and public activity sessions.
Here are some photos and quotes from the day – everyone had a fantastic time!
Describe a typical working day at Epping Forest District and Lowewood Museums.
Anything from working at our museum stores on collections projects with the Collections Manager and volunteers, to researching best practice for volunteer management, writing policies and sourcing funding applications. It’s busy and diverse, which I enjoy!
What is your favourite thing about working at the Museum?
Besides the volunteers and staff, who are so committed and passionate about their roles, I have been fascinated by the collections at Epping Forest District Museum. It’s a joy to work with a collection that is so eclectic.
Share one piece of advice for those interested in working in the Museum field.
Be confident and versatile; remember that ‘soft skills’ are highly valuable in any career. I also think having a good understanding of funding streams and strong IT skills is very helpful in getting ahead in the progressing Museum field.
Which historical figure would you like to meet and why. What would you ask them?
Erno Goldfinger, to talk concrete, modernism and post war housing solutions!
Where would you choose to go/visit if you could go anywhere in the world for a day?
I have a long established plan to visit Russia and travel on the Trans Siberian Express.
What was the first music track or album you bought?
No Doubt – Tragic Kingdom.