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.