While you are staying at home we thought we would share some great craft activities you could do!
Week 1: Big letters
Leanne has been making some art resource boxes for the museum. Lots of the ideas in it are very simple things you can do at home with everyday things. To start off, try this big letter activity – think of a word that means a lot you and have fun GOING BIG WITH IT!!
Resources you’ll need
paper or card (cereal boxes are perfect)
pencil, colouring pens or pencils
Draw outlines of your letters on card – don’t worry about making them perfect – think about turning a letter into a bubble shape. Decorate the letters any way you like by colouring them in, sticking things to them etc. You can keep them separate and stick them up, or make a little hole in them then thread them on to wool or string to hang up.
Here are some ideas for you:
The Y is made from sticking on buttons
The F uses fabric we had lying around
The L is made from felt
The M uses tissues screwed up into little balls and stuck on
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.
My 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!
On Wednesday 20 November, year 8 students from King Harold
Business & Enterprise Academy, took over the running of the museum as part
of Takeover Day.
Visitors took part in a tour, activities and a trail all
devised and led by the students, and were in charge of our Twitter and Facebook
accounts for the day.
Three students were even interviewed live on BBC Essex radio
– something they only found out about an hour before going on air.
The 10 pupils worked with staff, in a series of preparations
days, to learn more about the day to day running of the museum; they were given
a behind the scenes tour, handled objects from the collections, created posters
and content for their tours.
They themed their take over around climate change, linking
it to the current Ice Age exhibition; this period was a natural form of climate
change, comparing it to now as more manmade through global warming.
One gallery had been declared a ‘no go zone’ to represent
how, through climate change, parts of the world will disappear and be submerged
in the oceans. Another gallery was filled with one week’s worth of rubbish to
show how much waste each household has and to encourage visitors to recycle as
much as they can.
One activity the year 8s run was to make little trees from
cork, a cocktail stick, beads and ripped paper. Each tree represented a real
endangered tree and was given a label with details of where the tree currently
survives and why it is under threat of extinction. This small forest of trees
will be on display until the beginning of December.
A word from the
We asked the pupils what they did as part of Takeover Day,
what they enjoyed and what they learnt that surprised them about working in a
museum – here are their answers:
Mark: I did the tours [and enjoyed] all of it.
Rhianna: I was posting on social media updating Twitter and Facebook for the public and update our #takeoverday . I enjoyed making captions and doing the social media.
Obinna: I did a tour, [and enjoyed] doing tours and being on the radio.
Dmithry: I did the tours with Mark, [enjoyed] all of it and [learnt that working in a museum] is really fun.
Joni: I took part in the tree activity. I enjoyed making trees and helping others make them. I was surprised that I was going to be on the radio.
Louie: I advertised outside, I had a go at a tour, I spoke to the chairman and helped people make trees. [I enjoyed] speaking to the chairman 1 on 1 (I found that really exciting). I’m quite good at advertising and drawing people in.
Lilly: We learnt about climate change and we done tour and other jobs that people who work here do. [I enjoyed] everything. I learnt a lot about climate change and how people work in the museum.
Rhiannon: I was posting on social media updating Twitter and Facebook about our takeover day. I enjoyed making the different captions for our tweets and taking the pictures, I also enjoyed spotting our woolly mammoth. I learnt how much work, effort and time goes into the takeover day.
Archie: I made trees, helped with snakes and ladders and made a poster. [I enjoyed] making trees. [I learnt working in a museum] is easy.
Takeover Day is a
national celebration (created by Kids in Museums) of young people’s
contributions to museums, galleries, arts organisations, archives and heritage
sites. It’s a day on which they work alongside staff and volunteers to
participate in the life of the organisation or venue.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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.
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 email@example.com or call 01992 716882
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