Artwork of the Month – Lucien Pissarro

Lucien Pissarro The Garden Epping oil on canvas 1893-1897

The Garden in Epping
Oil on Canvas
1893 – 1897

Lucien Pissarro was born in Paris in 1863, the son of Camille Pissarro and Julie Velay. Lucien was a skilled painter, engraver and lithographer. He was taught by his father, Camille, who was a celebrated Impressionist.

As an artist Lucien’s work combined elements of both the French and English traditions and he was a founder member of the Camden group of artists. His paintings record the landscape of Dorset, Westmoreland, Essex, Surrey and Sussex. Lucien’s works are reflected in a number of public collections including the Tate and the Ashmolean.

Lucien visited England in 1870 as a child, worked there briefly in 1883–4, and settled permanently in the country in 1890 (although he often made trips to France), becoming a British citizen in 1916.
Between 1893 and 1897 Lucien and his family lived at 44 Hemnall Street, Epping which he named ‘Ergany House’. This house still stands today and is marked with a blue plaque commemorating Lucien’s occupancy.
During his first stay in Epping between 1893 – 1895 Lucien produced some 23 oil paintings of Epping as well as a number of watercolours. These capture a variety of scenes in the vicinity of Hemnall Street and also studies of local landmarks such as Coopersale Hall.

He continued to paint right up until his death in 1944.

Lowewood Museum Events

Have you visited Lowewood Museum?

You may be aware but Epping Forest District Museum also manages Lowewood Museum and puts on a programme of events and services at the site in Hoddesdon.

Lowewood Museum and the building in which it lives has a great history. Most of today’s building dates from the 1750s and has housed a museum since 1935

Lowewood Museum runs a fantastic programme of events and activities. Along with great exhibition and education programmes, the Museum hosts a number of special events during the year, as well as family activities, specialist study days, community events and much more.
Events in 2015

Lowewood Poster

The first temporary exhibition at Lowewood Museum this year is Design Icons. Taking you on a journey from the mischievous Mary Quant to the ground- breaking Nintendo Gameboy, this exhibition explores some of the most recognisable designs of the twentieth century. The exhibition has been curated by 3D Design students from Hertford Regional College as part of Epping Forest District Museum’s Young Curators Programme.

Toddler Thursdays
One Thursday a month
10am – 11am, 11am – 12noon

Toddlers

These sessions are for our young visitors. Come along and learn a nursery rhyme, share a story and make a craft. Places need to be booked by calling the museum on 01992 445596.

13 January Humpty Dumpty
12 February Pancake Tuesday
12 March One, Two, Three, Four, Five

Family Fun
Thursdays during school holidays
12noon – 3pm
£1 per child


Join us for fun family crafts – no need to book just drop in during the times stated.

19 February Vintage Pattern Printing

Along with the newly refurbished Braham Gallery, three other galleries and trails there is always lots to see and do at the museum.

If you haven’t had a chance to visit the Museum (free entry) you can find out more about it here…..link….
Lowewood Museum is open Wednesday to Friday 10am – 4pm and Saturday 10am – 5pm.

Lowewood Museum’s Youth Panel

youth panel poster

In 2015 Lowewood Museum will be launching a brand new and exciting project. We are going to be setting up a Youth Panel who will create exhibitions, run events and help advise us on the types of workshops and activities that young people would like to see in the museum.

After the great success of our first ever Takeover Day the museum team has seen how beneficial it can be to give ownership to young people and that’s why we would like to continue this work.

Here is the video from our takeover day:

Takeover Day at Lowewood Museum from Kingstreetimages on Vimeo.

If you are aged between 14 and 24 and are interested in getting involved then get in touch with the museum to find out more.

Lowewood Museum
High Street
Hoddesdon
Herts
EN11 8BH

museum.leisure@broxbourne.gov.uk
01992 445596
Twitter: @lowewood

Volunteer Update

Our volunteers are an incredible asset to the Epping Forest District and Lowewood Museums service and to our Heritage Lottery Funded project. They bring a vast array of skills and enthusiasm, and we’re very lucky that so many of our volunteers are also members of local historical societies, U3A groups and volunteer in other local historical venues as their knowledge and expertise considerably enhance our collections and research. However, you don’t have to be already knowledgeable in history to volunteer, we’re keen to involve all levels of interest and experience, and so many skills are transferable to collections care!

We will be updating you on the opportunities and volunteer projects over the year, this blog will give you a first-hand insight into the ‘behind the scenes’ work that our volunteer collections team assist us with.

At Epping Forest District Museum

In September, 2014 the volunteer collections team at Epping Forest District Museum returned to the stores alongside the Collections Manager and Volunteer Coordinator after a brief summer break.

As you may be aware the museum is closed for a refurbishment project so the staff and volunteers got stuck into the task of returning objects that had been on permanent display in the museum back to their original locations in the stores. This sounds simple, but can be a challenge, as a lot of what we do involves a fair amount of detective work! In order to relocate objects, we carefully unwrapped them from their protective acid free tissue to look for their accession number, a unique code found in every museum which identifies each object, this lets us know what the object is (as you can’t always tell from just looking at it) and where its store location is.

Our stores are vast and have hundreds of boxes, so it would be impossible to locate and put away objects safely and correctly without these accession numbers and correct cataloguing. The volunteers then hunt for the number and its location on our collections management system, a computer based database, and we go seeking the correct box in the stores. Along the way we got to look at a vast array of fascinating objects, and it can be difficult staying on task!

Packing Objects

Volunteer Philip packing a box with acid free tissue for packing and future transport. He creates little ‘clouds’ of acid free tissue to support individual objects. The box is then sealed, with a packing list, and ready to go back to its store location!

Packing objects

Vanessa, collections volunteer, updating the object packing lists. This list goes into the box with the objects, so we have a record of what should be in there, and the object requirements, for example weight and fragility. This means when someone moves the box, they can tell what requirements the contents of the box has without any unnecessary handling of the objects which could damage fragile items.

Our archaeological collections proved an interesting challenge when we were repacking, as we placed incredibly fragile iron objects into airtight plastic boxes with fresh silica gel creating a ‘micro climate’ that protects the iron from degrading in humid environments. This involved very careful handling, as some iron objects, such as nail fragments can flake or crumble.

Copper Alloy Tap

Volunteer Peter holding a copper alloy tap from Waltham Abbey Church, this unusual design of two animal heads and an animal head spout is thought to be a tap from a beer barrel. We were all thrilled by this medieval tap, and it requires careful packing in order to protect the decorative design.

At Lowewood Museum

Over at Lowewood museum, one of our volunteers was involved in assisting museum staff in the creation of the updated Braham Gallery, which celebrates our archaeological collections. Many of our archaeological collections have limited or no individual records, as a lot of archaeological collections tend to be ‘bulk’ recorded, due to the large numbers of objects that are collected. Volunteer Lia, who has a background in archaeology, assisted us by helping to record and update our records so our education and exhibitions team were able to share the stories of these objects.

Museum volunteer

Lia, writing object descriptions and location movement slips.

mammoth

A molar tooth of a mammoth, one of the many prehistory objects Lia was researching.

And of course, besides all of our hard work at the stores we ensure we celebrate with our volunteers at Epping Forest District and Lowewood Museums. This year we had our first joint volunteer Christmas party and we’re looking forward to a busy and exciting 2015!

Volunteer party

Volunteer Christmas party at Lowewood Museum, we had a pretty splendid buffet and celebrated the wonderful achievements of all our volunteers throughout 2014.