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 – Touring Exhibitions Assistant

Name
Vanessa Meade

Job title
Touring Exhibitions Assistant

Describe a typical working day at Epping Forest District and Lowewood Museums
My day really depends on what stage an exhibition is at. The further along we are into the exhibition process, the more manic it is! At the start, I will spend my days mainly researching, visiting other museums and displays for inspiration, writing text and getting a feel for the general concept. For the exhibitions which are produced with the Young Curators, I will also be giving or overseeing workshops once a week. Towards the end it is all systems go and you can usually find me packing up my car with something or other for the display, completing design work for the panels and marketing and trying to organise the private view event.

What is your favourite thing about working at the Museum?
I love the fantastic amount of staff expertise at the museum, if you are ever struggling with something, you can always find someone who has an idea or is willing to help you out.

Share one piece of advice for those interested in working in the Museum field.
Be flexible and learn to multitask. Although your job may be specialised in collections, educations or exhibitions, there is always going to be a time when you are going to have to deliver a project that incorporates all three.

Which historical figure would you like to meet and why. What would you ask them?
After specialising in Russian History, I have always been fascinated with meeting Alexander Kerensky. I have no idea what I would ask him though, probably where did it all go wrong.

Where would you choose to go/visit if you could go anywhere in the world for a day?
I would probably visit my family’s farm in America to drop in and say hi.

What was the first music track or album you bought?
Embarrassingly, I think it was A1’s first album.

Meet the Team – Museum Administration Officer

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Name
Mel Bekir

Job title
Museum Administration Officer

Describe a typical working day at Epping Forest District and Lowewood Museums.
Generally, balancing budgets!!! … placing orders, processing invoices, fielding phone calls. And so much more!

What is your favourite thing about working at the Museum?
A happy friendly team.

Share one piece of advice for those interested in working in the Museum field.
You do not have to be a historical whizz kid to work within the administration sector of the Museum; and it adds another dimension to the administration work you undertake. Where else can you be balancing figures in the morning and helping the Exhibitions Officer with the launch of the latest touring exhibition in the afternoon!

Which historical figure would you like to meet and why. What would you ask them?
Ronald Reagan – I would have to ask him, as a young jobbing actor, did he ever envisage one day being the holder of the most powerful job on earth!!.. How did that transition happen??!!

Where would you choose to go/visit if you could go anywhere in the world for a day? Cheesy as this may sound, I would love to go to Northern Cyprus for the day. Its where my parents were born and as a child we visited every couple of years. We would stay in my grandmother’s very simple home in the beautiful village of Lourougina on the Turkish/Greek border. I haven’t been since 1984 and my grandparents and all my uncles are no longer with us but it would be nice to go back to the village where they all grew up and re-live some of my childhood memories.

What was the first music track or album you bought?
Donny Osmond – Puppy Love

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

Meet the Team – Audience Development Officer

From this week we are starting a series of Meet the Team Blog posts. We thought we would introduce you to the people behind Epping Forest District and Lowewood Museums.

We thought we would start with the person responsible for the blog writing, social media and online activity!

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Name
Francesca Pellegrino

Job title
Audience Development Officer

Describe a typical working day at Epping Forest District and Lowewood Museums.
Like a lot of people in the museum team every day is different. The work I do on a regular basis involves researching objects and photographs for our social media platforms, writing the museum’s blogs and working on the museum’s marketing more generally. Along with this I also work on a number of other projects and coming up with events to work with lots of different audiences. This includes going out to fairs, planning heritage events across the district and within the museums and developing projects like Community Cabinet, Takeover Day and many more.

What is your favourite thing about working at the Museum?
I really enjoy seeing all the fascinating photographs and objects in the museum’s collection. It is really exciting being able to find out about them and then share them with people both locally and more widely. Sharing collections online is a great way to interact with people and we get such a great response which is really rewarding. I also love that my job is so varied, I am really proud to work for such a fantastic museum and the fact that my job involves trying to get more people interacting with the museum is excellent.

Share one piece of advice for those interested in working in the Museum field.
I would say getting hands on experience is really important. Personally I did a lot of volunteering, work experience and internships during my degree and I think that was really useful. It helped me think about what I would like to do in the museum field but also the practical experience is a great thing for future employers to see.

Which historical figure would you like to meet and why. What would you ask them?
I would like to meet Queen Elizabeth I. Having studied the Tudor period and particular Elizabeth I, I think she was such an outstanding figure in history, her story will always stand out to me. If I could ask her anything I would ask her if she realised at the time she would become such an important historical figure.

Where would you choose to go/visit if you could go anywhere in the world for a day?
I would really like to go and visit the Terracotta Army in Xian, China. Said to be one of the most important discoveries of the 20th Century I think it would be amazing to see the figures in real life. Hearing about the history of their production it would be an amazing experience to actually see them.

What was the first music track or album you bought?
I think my first album was STEPS!

Latest Touring Exhibition – Design Icons through the 1960s, 70s and 80s

Gameboy

Taking you on a journey from the mischievous Mary Quant Fashions to the ground-breaking Nintendo Gameboy, Design Icons explores some of the most recognisable designs of the twentieth century. The third exhibition in a series of six touring exhibitions, Design Icons was launched with great success at the Time Machine Gallery in Harlow on Friday 22nd August.

Albie, Ian Beckett, Hannah and Tony Boyce

Albie, Ian Beckett, Hannah and Tony Boyce

Officially opened by the Chairman of Harlow Council, Cllr Ian Beckett and the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Cllr Tony Boyce, guests were able to try a selection of 1970s party food (lots of cheese and pineapple hedgehogs!) and experience the music of the three decades from the fantastic live band, The Established.

Design Icons has been curated by two 3D Design students from Herts Regional College as part of Epping Forest District Museum’s Young Curators Programme. Starting in January 2014, Hannah Turner and Albie Saunders worked voluntarily on the exhibition, designing and producing the exhibition from start to finish. The launch night celebrated their hard work and their imaginative creativity.

Original MK1 Raleigh Chopper from Nottingham City Museums and Galleries

Original MK1 Raleigh Chopper from Nottingham City Museums and Galleries

Design Icons is now on display at the Time Machine Gallery until the 7th October. Fun for everyone, the exhibition is packed full of hands-on games and activities. Listen to the top hits of the 1980s, try your hand at playing Mario on an original Gameboy and admire the fashions of the three decades. The exhibition showcases collections from around the East of England and features a 1960s customised Mod Parka from Lowewood Museum and an original MK1 Raleigh Chopper from Nottingham City Museums and Galleries.

For opening times take a look at the Science Alive website – http://www.science-alive.co.uk/

This exhibition is a touring exhibition produced by Epping Forest District Museum and funded by Arts Council England. The museum’s Young Curators programme has been funded by ROH Bridge.

Design Icons: Through the 1960s, 70s and 80s is available to hire, free of charge, to any venue in the East of England. If you are interested in hiring this exhibition or would like to ask a question then please get in touch:
Email – museum@eppingforestdc.gov.uk
Tel – 01992 716 882

Epping Forest District and the Great War

A new temporary community exhibition “Epping Forest District and the Great War”
WW1 Exhibition poster

Epping Forest District Museum was one of the Museums selected to receive funding and be part of the SHARE Museums East Community Cabinet project. The ‘Community Cabinet’ is an invitation to members of the public and community groups to curate a single, dedicated cabinet with objects of their own choice. Objects may come from their own lives and ‘collections’ or from the museum’s vast array of objects.

Epping Forest District Museum’s community cabinet will be displayed in Epping Civic Offices while the Museum is closed for a Heritage Lottery Fund redevelopment. Once the Museum reopens the dedicated community cabinet will feature within the newly redisplayed museum and we will have a series of exhibitions throughout the year.

Our first project was working to help document the links between Epping Forest District and World War One. As part of the project the team have been going out and about into the district, holding Heritage Events in various venues to allow people to share their stories with us. The objects have been recorded and stories documented and these records will become part of the Museum’s collection.

The objects and stories discovered have now come together as the museum’s first community cabinet display. These unique and unheard stories feature in a free temporary exhibition at the Civic Offices in Epping High Street from 4th August to 4th September 2014.

exhibition opening

The exhibition was opened on Monday 4th August by the Chairman of the Council, Tony Boyce, who also met invited guests who had loaned objects to be part of the display.

Here are some photographs of the exhibition.
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If you have a collection or might be interested in putting on a display in our community cabinet then get in touch with the museum:

T. 01992 716882
E. museum@eppingforestdc.gov.uk