Waltham Abbey’s old schools

Below is a small gallery of images of schools and Sunday schools from our archives.

Find more images of Waltham Abbey at efdhistory.org.uk

 

Museum Heritage Lottery Fund Project Update

Building work is progressing on the Museum’s redevelopment project so we thought we would share a little update with you.

Since our last blog all the internal walls in the new extension to the museum have been installed. This is the area above Waltham Abbey Library.

plan

This means the new spaces in the museum including the community room, temporary exhibition gallery, Core gallery and new storage spaces are really taking shape. The team can get a feel for the spaces and what each space can really be used for.

Community Room

Community Room

Temporary Exhibition Gallery

Temporary Exhibition Gallery

The preparations for the lift are also complete and this will be installed as one of the next tasks. Once all the wiring and electrics are complete the decoration work can begin!

We hope you are looking forward to seeing the completed museum and visiting us next year.

Our Takeover Day Video

As you may have seen in last week’s blog post, our sister site Lowewood Museum took part in Takeover Day this year.

We are pleased to be able to share with you the fantastic video that was created of the Takeover Day that took place at Lowewood Museum.

We hope you enjoy it!

Takeover Day at Lowewood Museum from Kingstreetimages on Vimeo.

Thanks to Kids in Museum, SHARE museums East and Broxbourne Council for their support and funding for the project.

Takeover Day

To find out more about Kids in Museums or Takeover day visit their website http://kidsinmuseums.org.uk/takeoverday/

SHARE

To find out more about SHARE visit their website http://sharemuseumseast.org.uk/


http://www.broxbourne.gov.uk/

And thank you to King Street Images ( http://kingstreetimages.com) for the fantastic film.

Takeover Day 2014

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!

Photographs taken by Melissa Page. http://www.melissapage.co.uk

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 – 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

Update on our Heritage Lottery Fund Project

Finally we can share with you some of the updates on our Heritage Lottery Fund Project and the redevelopment of the Museum!

A lot has been going on behind the scenes with the Museum project. Although the building work is yet to begin there are some very exciting updates that we wanted to share with you.

Before the building work can start all the plans and designs for the building, provided by Hawkins Brown, have to be finalised. One of the key missions of this project is to make the museum and its collection accessible to all and this is something that we have been working on with the architects.

The team and people involved with the project have been very excited to see the developments of the plans and it is fantastic for us to finally be able to share with you some of the updated plans and some proposed images of how the museum is going to look when we reopen!

Entrance to the Museum
Part of the project is the plan to reopen the original entrance on Sun Street. In this image you can see what would have been the original front door to the house and this will become the new main entrance to the museum.

Image showing the original entrance to the house that is now the museum

Tudor Gallery
Another key area for the project is a chance to interpret the Tudor part of the building. The house itself has a fascinating history and the team are very keen to share and expose the story of the building.

tudor gallery

Community and Education Room
Along with new galleries and a new entrance the museum will have a dedicated community and education space. The room will be able to fit a class of 30 children making a better visitor experience for school groups but the space will have open arts and craft storage to allow for creativity but also be equipped for lectures, talks and presentations providing a fantastic new space for the museum.

activity room

The Core Gallery
As you may already be aware the redevelopment of the museum will allow for on-site collections storage and a new gallery ‘The Core Gallery’ this space will feature key objects from the collection and give visitors the opportunity to see behind the scenes into the stores, and people at work caring for the collection.

Core gallery

Art Stores
Along with the new on-site storage there will be the chance for visitors to see into the stores through glass viewing areas. This will include views of the picture stores which will be on a new racking system. This is great because the team will be able to showcase some of the fantastic pieces of art in the museum’s collection even when they aren’t on display.

art stores

We would love to hear what you think via Facebook, Twitter, comments on the blog or through the contact us links on the menu above. We will have more updates for you soon!

Takeover Day

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 we are running our Takeover day project from our sister site Lowewood Museum. Students from The Broxbourne School will be taking over the museum on Friday 21st November and taking on the roles of the the curating, education and marketing teams. They had there first day on site on Friday 17th November and here is what some of them had to say about the project so far.

Today we started our work at Lowewood Museum. After a guided tour, where we saw everything from wild boar jaws to Victorian wedding dresses, we had the chance to handle some artefacts which was a really unique and enjoyable experience. We decided the theme of the exhibition we will be working on and split off into our groups. We started to organise how to make sure the exhibition runs smoothly. Next time I am looking forward to helping design the leaflets and posters that will be the main form of advertising our event on 21st November.
Liam

Today I visited Lowewood Museum and started off with a tour. We looked at all the variety of artefacts and learnt about the local history. Everything was described to us about what they were and how they were found around the Borough of Broxbourne. We got to handle and have a close look at some artefacts. We then discussed what we were going to do for our exhibition and event on the 21st November.
Rachel

Lowewood Museum contains numerous things, stretching across multiple ages and centuries, all of which is interesting and all linking to the area. Some of its artefacts are invaluable, and all of them have intrigue behind them. I am delighted that it frequently changes its exhibition and I look forward to what it holds in the future. Thank you to Lowewood Museum for giving me such an experience today!
Benjamin

My visit to Lowewood Museum today was great fun and very interesting. I learnt all about Hoddesdon and Broxbourne and we are beginning to come to come to terms with the momentous task of organising our event. It has been very tiring and we have only just started but we have an idea of what we would like to do. I can’t wait for the next visit and the grand opening day and I hope it all goes to plan!
James

Museum Education and Outreach

Just because the Museum is closed for refurbishment doesn’t mean we are not busy out and about in the community. Our education and outreach programme is still thriving.

As you may know one of the big outcomes of this exciting renovation project is the improvement of facilities and access to a brand new community/education room. This room will mean there will be a dedicated space for school groups to work in at the museum as part of their visit. Along with the new displays and bigger scope of the Museum we hope that these improvements will make a great offer for all the schools within the district.

In the meantime our education programme is still running with our Education Officer, Catherine Hammond, out and about at schools all over the Epping Forest District and the Borough of Broxbourne.

Our school sessions are available as outreach or can be booked at our sister site, Lowewood Museum. Lowewood Museum is based in Hoddesdon, Herts.

lowewood education copy

The Museum’s education programme offers a variety of sessions based around the curriculum. Topics include Toys, Tudors, Victorians, Anglo Saxons, Romans and more. Along with led sessions the Museum offers loans boxes which can be borrowed by groups and schools and used within the classroom environment.

School children workingeducation topic boxes copy

The big new addition to our fantastic Education Programme is our pre-history sessions for primary schools. This new workshop has been developed to help schools deliver the prehistory element of the new primary history curriculum. Pupils will get the opportunity to work hands on with ancient historical artefacts from the museum’s collection and to understand the lives of our ancient ancestors. Their investigations will be based around using a timeline to develop their understanding of chronology and change across a long period of time. The workshop will be available from September 2014.

To find out more about the Education offer please get in touch.
Email: museum@eppingforesdtdc.gov.uk
Tel. 01992 564994 – to speak to our Education Officer, Catherine Hammond

Finally just a reminder about our great local history site. Epping Forest District Museum has its own local history website for schools within the district. Historical photographs from the museum’s collection are available to help you investigate the history of your local area.

Have a look at http://www.efdhistory.org.uk and see what you can find.

efdhistory