December fun thanks, to The National Lottery players

From Monday 11 to Saturday 16 December 2017, Epping Forest District Museum and Lowewood Museum will be offering a 10% discount in our gift shops (and at Lowewood Museum’s refreshment area) to National Lottery players.

 

We are two of the 350 participating National Lottery funded visitor attractions across the UK in saying ‘thanks’ to people who have raised money for good causes by buying a lottery ticket.

 

Epping Forest District Museum has received £1,782,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.  The money paid for the recent redevelopment as well as a range of projects, enabling community engagement and collections acquisition.

 

Lowewood Museum has received £156,000 for exhibition and engagement projects including the restoration of the Pulham kiln site in Broxbourne.

 

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said:

 

“December is a wonderful time to experience the UK’s rich, diverse and exciting heritage, which has been transformed by more than £7bn National Lottery funding since 1994.  This is a small gesture of thanks and a way of giving something back to the people who buy tickets.”

 

Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder, Councillor Helen Kane said: “Thanks to National Lottery players we’ve been able to provide a fantastic new museum offer in the Epping Forest District and the opportunities for our community to explore the heritage has been massively enriched.

 

 

Terms and Conditions

  • One National Lottery ticket provides 10% off in the museum gift shop and refreshment area (at Lowewood Museum).
  • All National Lottery games qualify for the offer, including tickets from any National Lottery draw based game or National Lottery Scratchcard. Proof of ticket can be paper or digital.
  • The offer is valid on the days the museum is open between Monday 11 and Saturday 16 December. Epping Forest District Museum is open 10am to 4pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and from 10am to 5pm on Saturdays.
  • Only one ticket can be used per transaction.

Culture without Borders Development Trust

Become a Trustee for our new…………..

‘Culture without Borders Development Trust’

Created to support Epping Forest District & Lowewood Museums

and Spotlight Theatre, Hoddesdon

If you live or work in Epping Forest District or the Borough of Broxbourne, or have a passion for culture, history and learning and believe that you have the relevant skills and expertise to offer this exciting new development trust, we would love to hear from you.

We are establishing a Charitable Trust  to assist us with our ambitious development plans and  further promote the knowledge and appreciation of our shared history and culture, not only on a local, but on a regional and  indeed, national level. We have appointed several people so far but have a few trustee positions still vacant and to celebrate ‘National Trustee Week 2017’, it’s a perfect opportunity to recruit.

The trust will play a key role in developing funding strategies, fundraising campaigns, including individual giving and legacies, to assist with the future development and help attract or create new exhibitions and events, building on the strong body or work already undertaken.

Trustee skills:

We welcome applications for Trustee positions, from those who are not only committed to ensuring that the museums’, culture and theatres futures are secured and that they go from strength to strength, but also have specialist skills in the following areas:

Finance     –     Fundraising     –    Philanthropy    –    Marketing    –    Communications    –    PR  –   Arts   –    Heritage    –    Leisure and Culture    –     Retail, hospitality and tourism    –   Charity & Social Enterprise

Deadlines for an expression of interest are midday Friday 24th November 2017.

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be during week commencing 4th December 2017.

For an informal discussion or for an information pack, please contact:

Tony O’Connor

Epping Forest District Museum

39 – 41 Sun Street

Waltham Abbey

EN9 1EL

Tel: 01992 564986 Email: aoconnor@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Changing Perceptions, Changing Essex? —

Recently our You Are Hear Project Officer, Sarah-Joy Maddeaux, has been cataloguing a collection of oral history interviews received from Epping Forest District Museum. The interviews were collected in 2004-2005 as part of a Heritage Lottery Funded project, called Changing Perceptions, which aimed to collect everyday accounts to illustrate how life in the district has…

via Changing Perceptions, Changing Essex? —

Halloween Blog Post – Myths about Witches

As you may already know Epping Forest District Museum has a selection of Touring Exhibitions available for hire – one of which covers the theme of Witch Hunts. For our Halloween Special Blog here is a little bit of information from that exhibition.

Many people imagine that witches were lonely old hags tending cauldrons and casting spells. This image recurs in many novels, plays and films, like the much-loved Wizard of Oz and the more recent Harry Potter stories. However, many of the ideas and characteristics associated with witches are actually myths. Here are some of the common ones:

Witches were all women
Women were associated with witchcraft because of links between femininity and weakness to temptation. Many deaths blamed on witchcraft occurred in female spheres within households and neighbourhoods. Despite this, 20% of witches were male. An infamous case involved John Lowes, the vicar of Brandeston in Suffolk. He confessed to sinking ships and other terrible crimes, and was hanged at Bury St Edmunds in August 1645.

Witches rode on broomsticks
Some believed that witches met at night in remote places, to which they travelled through the air on broomsticks. This is rarely mentioned in legal records relating to witchcraft. In 1712 an English judge is said to have laughed at the suggestion that a Hertfordshire witch had a magic broom, declaring that there was no law against flying!

Witches were all burned at the stake
The terrifying image of English witches being burned at the stake has featured in horror films like Witchfinder General (1968). Although witches were burned on the continent and in Scotland, other types of execution included beheading, drowning and burial alive. Some were merely imprisoned, banished or forced to repent. In England, the punishment for invoking demons and murder by witchcraft was hanging. A rare witch-burning took place at Ipswich in 1645, when Mary Lakeland was executed by these means for bewitching her husband to death – the crime of petty treason.

Millions died in the witch-hunts
Estimates of the number of people executed for witchcraft varies wildly, reaching as high as 9 million. Legal records show there were around 100,000 witch-trials in early modern Europe, and that death sentences were passed in about half of these. This may seem a lot for an impossible crime, but compared with the size of the population witchcraft prosecutions were quite rare.

Here are some objects from our collections relating to the Witch Hunt topic:
BELLARMINE
Bellarmine jugs have often been used as ‘witch bottles’ and the bearded or ‘wild’ man figure was even thought to scare off witches. When used as ‘witch bottles’, these jugs would contain hair, nail clippings and urine, all believed to help capture evil spirits. Witches spells were considered harmless if these bottles were burned at midnight.

bottle
Small glass bottles, like the type shown here, have been found in many 16th and 17th century houses. Many contained salt or nails- all considered effective safeguards against witches.
This and other glass bottles were found in 1966 during the excavation of 46/48 Sewardstone Street, Waltham Abbey.

1840StocksNWhip
This image shows the pillory which stood in Waltham Abbey’s churchyard. Sited next to the pillory was the Tudor stocks (or whipping post). The Elizabethan Act (1563) prescribes that for a first offence of any attempt to use witchcraft that did not result in the death of a victim, the punishment would be one year in prision and “once in every Quarter of the said yere shall in some Market Town, upon Market day or at suche tyme as any Fayer shall be kept there, stande openly upon the Pillorie by the space of Sixe Houres, and there shall openly confesse his or her Error and Offence”

This exhibition was put together by Epping Forest District Museum in conjunction with Malcolm Gaskill.
To find out more about our Touring Exhibitions email us at museum@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Adult art workshops at Epping Forest District Museum

Adult art workshops at Epping Forest District Museum.

For the first time Epping Forest District Museum is offering art workshops for adults, led by professional artists this September, as part of the Paths Unseen project.

Poetry workshopPaths unseen capturing a moment in poetry 2017

In this adult workshop you will create beautiful and powerful written works of art that will capture your thoughts, feelings and memories using poetry techniques with performance poet Keely Mills. You will also get a chance to develop written, performance and craft skills.

Where: Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL

When: Saturday 23 September 2017

Time: 10:30am – 3pm

Price: £20 (includes materials)

Booking required

 

Paths unseen illustrate a moment 2017.jpgIllustration workshop

Lead by illustrator Jef Winter, in this adult workshop you will discover the fun of drawing and learn how to draw faces using just numbers to create different emotions, break down barriers of what illustration is and how ‘happy accidents’ can make works of art.

Where: Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL

When: Saturday 30 September 2017

Time: 10:30am – 1pm

Price: £15 (includes materials)

Booking required

 

3AAC Low res web posterThree Acres and a Cow

Connecting the Norman Conquest and Peasants’ Revolt with fracking and our housing crisis via the Enclosures and Industrial Revolution, the show draws a compelling narrative through the people’s history of Britain. Part talk, part folk club sing-a-long; come and share these tales as they have been shared for generations.

 

Where: Lopping Hall, 189 High Road, Loughton, IG10 4LN

When: Saturday 21 October 2017

Time: 6pm (meal)

7pm (performance starts)

Price: £5 (£9 with a meal)

Booking required

 

Booking information

To book your place visit https://eppingforestdc.bookinglive.com/ or call 01992 564226 (Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm).

 

Paths Unseen project

Paths Unseen shows how poetry can be a shared sociable activity. Over the past 18 months performance poet Keely Mills and illustrator Jef Winter have engaged with many individuals and groups from across the local community enabling them to write, tell their own stories and share their work in their own voices.

Inspiration has also come from local folklore, encouraging museum audiences to consider art as a medium for rediscovering local history.

The exhibition is at Epping Forest District Museum until 30 September 2017.

Paths Unseen project has been funded by Arts Council England.

 

Take Your Pic Walks

 

Take Your Pic Walks
Join Epping Forest District Council Museums, Heritage and Culture team for a series of 4 photography walks.
Explore the local landscape with specialist guides and capture the moment, in photos, on video, and/or sound. With support from the Life Walks Team.

Bring along your camera, smart phone, or tablet (e.g. iPad)

Exercise different senses and take a mindful approach to exploring the unique and beautiful district of Epping Forest

As a pilot initiative walks are FREE

We welcome Blind/partially sighted, Deaf and disabled people people to join us.

Covering 1 to 3 miles with a variety of stunning views, wild life and historic places of interest, the walks will last roughly two hours to allow for stopping
time, the length of the walk will be determined by walkers needs as a group on the day.

Specialist guides will share their knowledge of each local area and give tips on using your camera or smart phone to take pics or record sound. Smart phones or tablets (eg iPad) are ideal for this.

For disabled people walkers who require support, your Personal Assistant/Support Worker is also invited to take part.

BOOKING
Booking is essential, please call our booking line
on 01992 564226 Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm
or book online at http://www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/bookings

Not all routes are accessible for wheelchairs though most are flat paths.
See overleaf for details.
If you have any questions re disability access – please contact Sonja on
Email: museum@eppingforestdc.gov.uk
Tel: 01992 716882 (Mondays or Wednesdays)

Monday 19 June 2017 at 10:45
Meet – LVRPA Abbey Gardens car park, Waltham Abbey EN9 1XQ
Guided historical walk around the Abbey Gardens in the grounds of Waltham Abbey. Your expert guide leading this walk will be the Museum manager from Epping Forest District Museum + a landscape photography expert.
Paths — mostly tarmac, some grass, all on the flat. Wheelchair Accessible
Wheelchair Accessible Toilets at the Town Hall – 5 minutes away

Monday 3 July 2017 at 10:45
Meet – Fishers Green overflow car park (past first car park), Stubbins Hall Lane, Crooked Mile, Waltham Abbey EN9 2EF
Guided nature walk along the River Lee, Lee Valley Park, including visit to a bird hide. An expert on wild birds (ornithologist) will accompany
you on this walk + a landscape photography expert.
Paths — tarmac, gravel and earth, all hard and on the flat, but slightly uneven in parts.
Toilets are situated in the first car park

Thursday 7 September 2017 at 10:45
Meet – Lee Valley White Water Centre (first car park on right), Waltham Abbey EN9 1AB
Guided nature walk around Bowyers Water lake, Lee Valley Park.
Expert guide to be confirmed + a landscape photography expert.
Paths — smooth tarmac, slight slope down at start. Wheelchair Accessible
Wheelchair Accessible Toilets at White Water Centre

Monday 25 September 2017 at 10:45
Meet – Fairmead car park, nr High Beach, Epping Forest IG10 4HR
Guided nature walk in the forest taking in Connaught Waters lake. Your guide on this walk will be an expert on the history of the local landscape + a landscape photography expert.
Paths — two gentle inclines, mainly earth paths — 50% good smooth paths, 50% hard but rough paths through the forest.
Car park is accessed by passing the bikers tea hut parking area, and along a rather bumpy potholed road in the forest.
No toilets on site

Detailed directions for meet up points available on booking

Culture without Borders Development Trust

Become a Trustee for our new…………..

‘Culture without Borders

Development Trust’

Created to support Epping Forest District & Lowewood Museums and Spotlight Theatre, Hoddesdon.

If you live in Epping Forest District or the Borough of Broxbourne, or have a passion for culture, history and learning and believe that you have the relevant skills and expertise to offer this exciting new development trust, we would love to hear from you.

We are establishing a Charitable Trust to assist us with our ambitious development plans and  further promote the knowledge and appreciation of our shared history and culture, not only on a local, but on a regional and  indeed, national level.

The trust will play a key role in developing funding strategies, including individual giving and legacies, to assist with the future development and help attract or create new exhibitions and events, building on the strong body or work already undertaken.

Trustees skills:

We welcome applications for Trustee positions, from those who are not only committed to ensuring that the museums’, culture and theatres futures are secured and that they go from strength to strength, but also have specialist skills in the following areas:

Finance     –     Fundraising     –    Philanthropy    –    Marketing    –    Communications    –    PR  –   Arts   – Heritage    –    Leisure and Culture    –     Retail, hospitality and tourism   –   Charity & Social Enterprise

There will be an open evening for all those interested in becoming a Trustee on Tuesday 13th June 2017 at the Epping Forest District Museum, 4 to 7 p.m.

This will be an invaluable opportunity to learn more about the new charity and your potential role as a Trustee, it will, also, be a chance to see the new exhibition space and displays in Epping Forest.

For an informal discussion or for an information pack, please contact:

Tony O’Connor

Epping Forest District Museum

39 – 41 Sun Street

Waltham Abbey.EN9 1EL

Tel: 01992 564986 Email: aoconnor@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Would you like to help shape the future work of Epping Forest District Museum?

 

 

As part of the ground-breaking ‘No Borders’ project Epping Forest District Museum is looking for local residents to take part in two new museum focus groups this summer. The aim of these groups is to involve the local community in ensuring the work of the museum is accessible and relevant to all local people.

The No Borders project

‘No Borders’s is a partnership project between Epping Forest District Museum and two other local museums – Chelmsford Museum in Essex and Lowewood Museum in Hertfordshire. Supported by funding from Arts Council England, this project aims to support the three museums to develop sustainable, inspiring services for the future. Attracting new and more diverse audiences and increasing accessibility for all is an important part of this work. Commercial operations are being expanded, including retail, catering event services and venue hire. It is also planned for the museums to establish new, charitable Development Foundations to undertake fundraising in support of their work the museums.

The Focus Groups

One focus group will look at issues surrounding access to the museum’s services, including physical, sensory and intellectual access. If you are a resident of Epping Forest District living with health or impairment related matters or represent or work with residents with additional access needs and would like to help us improve access for all please do get in touch.

The second focus group is looking to bring together local residents who define themselves as being of Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background. This focus group will help the museum ensure its future exhibition and events programming and the objects collected reflect the diversity of local residents.

Both focus groups will take place at Epping Forest District Museum and will last 2 hours. Each focus group will be limited to 10 people. Before the meeting participants will be sent the current museum events programme and pre-visit information to review. This should not take more than 30 minutes. All participants will receive a £15 ‘Love2Shop’ voucher to thank them for their time.

Step-free access is available throughout the museum with a lift to the first and second floors. Toilets are located on the ground floor and second floor. A unisex accessible toilet is available on the ground floor.

There is a public car park 2 minutes’ walk from the museum. If you require disabled parking please contact us in advance by calling 01992 716882.

To find out more or to register your interest in taking part in the focus groups please contact the museum by emailing museum@eppingforestdc.gov.uk or calling 01992 716882. Please let us know which focus group you would like to attend, your preferred contact method and usual availability.

Museum on the Move reopens

11201810_1288186537863313_6734758118269799242_nEpping Forest District Museum reopened it’s doors to the public on Saturday 19 March 2016 after a 2 year long Heritage Lottery funded redevelopment.

The bells of Waltham Abbey Church rang as reenactors from the 44th East Essex Regiment marched up Sun Street towards the museum.

Party atmosphere

A party atmosphere was enjoyed by all who came to celebrate the museum’s special day. They were treated to a jive dance demonstration and a morris dancing display by the Chingford Morris Men in Sun Street.

Over 750 people visited the museum, they enjoyed activities including decorating eggs in the new community space, and were given access to all the museum’s new galleries for the first time.

Welcome back

Museum staff were thrilled with the positive feedback they received. Comments include “Big improvement, proud to live in the Abbey” and “Welcome back! We’ve missed the museum and love the new look!

Museum on the Move

The museum team also celebrated the reopening of the museum by making a film showing what has been going on behind the scenes. The ‘Museum on the Move’ film also features as part of the museum’s first temporary exhibition all about transport through history.