New Touring Exhibition: Mythical Creatures

From the dawn of human history, stories have been filled with tales of strange and mysterious beasts. The product of fantasy, dreams and imagination, these mythical creatures are often invented to explain strange events and can take the form of gods, omens or heroes. Taking you on a journey from the ocean’s depths to the mountain’s peaks, Epping Forest District Museum’s new exhibition, Mythical Creatures, explores the provenance of mythical creatures from around the world, delving into the fantastical stories that explain their existence.

The exhibition is divided onto four main sections, Earth, Wind, Water and Fire, as, according to the Swiss Alchemist Paracelsus, mythical beings draw their spirit from these four universal elements. Using Paracelsus’ theory of the elementals as building blocks, the exhibition weaves the tales of new and old together to create a rich tapestry of mythical beasts.

Although produced by Epping Forest District Museum, Mythical Creatures has been curated by Art students from Epping Forest College as part of the museum’s Young Curators Programme. Inspired by the stories and legends, these students have crafted a series of original artworks that feature their own interpretations of mythical creatures. Visitors can marvel at these artworks that range from a giant origami Nidhogg Dragon to chilling photographs of a modern medusa.

The exhibition launches at Epping Forest College on the 13th April 2015 and in the lead up to the opening, we will be posting fun facts on our social media outlets to see just how much you know about the enchanting world of mythical creatures. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to discover the link between a narwhal whale and Elizabeth I or what rhyme you must recite to vanquish a suspected changeling fairy from your home.

Its time to suspend your disbelief as in here, they do exist…

Mythical Creatures launches on 13th April 2015 and runs until 8th May at Epping Forest College, Loughton, Essex.

If you would like to be added to our Private View Invitation list please get in touch by:
Email – museum@eppingforestdc.gov.uk
Telephone – 01992 716882

EFDM Mythical Creatures Exhibition Poster

Museum Week 2015

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Have you heard of #MuseumWeek?

From 23 to 29 March museums from all over the world will be sharing stories, photos, videos and behind the scenes information to celebrate the fantastic cultural venues we have on our doorsteps.

Epping Forest District Museum and our sister site Lowewood Museum will be taking part this year and sharing some exciting things from our collections, stories from our visitors and more with you.

Everyday there is a different hashtag with a different theme to look out for so please share the museum’s posts and we would love to hear some of your museum stories too:

Monday 23 – #secretsMW
Tuesday 24 – #souvenirsMW
Wednesday 25 – #architectureMW
Thursday 26 – #inspirationMW
Friday 27 – #familyMW
Saturday 28 – #favMW
Sunday 29 – #poseMW

@MuseumWeek
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To find out more about Museum Week visit the website:
http://museumweek2015.org/en/

Pubs of the Epping Forest District

If you follow us on Twitter or Facebook you may have seen our Pub of the Day campaign. The museum has a fantastic photograph collection showing the pubs of the district so we thought we would share them with you.

Here are a selection of pubs from Theydon, North Weald, Abridge, Fyfield and Chigwell from the campaign last year.

To find more images of the district why not visit our local history website http://www.efdhistory.org.uk

The Pubs of Loughton and Ongar

If you follow us on Twitter or Facebook you may have seen our Pub of the Day campaign. The museum has a fantastic photograph collection showing the pubs of the district so we thought we would share them with you.

Here are some great photographs of some of the pubs in Loughton and Ongar from the campaign.