As many of you know while Epping Forest District Museum is closed for redevelopment there is the chance to visit our sister site, Lowewood Museum.
On Friday 15th May we would like to invite you to visit Lowewood Museum and enjoy our special Museums at Night Event.
Lowewood Museum will be staying open late for a special Victorian Extravaganza to celebrate Museums at Night, a National initiative, on the 15th May 2015, 6pm – 9pm. We are inviting the community to come and take a fresh look at the museum as part of this one off FREE event.
To celebrate 200 years since the birth of beloved Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope, join us for our Victorian Extravaganza as the museum opens its doors from 6pm to 9pm for one evening only.
Explore the museum in a new light and join in the wide variety of activities we have on offer. There is the chance to enjoy our tea party with fantastic food and that all important cup of tea as well as some very special cocktail jellies! Have a go at getting dressed up in Victorian costume and get your photo taken in our Victorian photo booth and join in and try out some famous Victorian decent and profane games.
If you haven’t heard of the museum or been meaning to visit for a while this is the perfect opportunity.
Describe a typical working day at Epping Forest District and Lowewood Museums.
The best part about working in a museum is that every day is very different. You really don’t know what will turn up next…literally!
A day in the museum can include setting up volunteering projects, which may include working with the collection or registering new items into the museum. We also help with public enquiries, ranging from family history research to identifying an object which someone may have found locally or even in their back yard- this is where it can get really interesting A typical working day for me also includes planning and organising the museum’s yearly programme of events and exhibitions, as well as the day to day management of the Grade II listed building in which the museum is housed.
What is your favourite thing about working at the Museum?
My favourite part about working for a museum is the opportunity to curate new displays and workshops for the public to see. I especially enjoy hearing good feedback from visitors when a new display has been opened, or when we have showcased an object within an education workshop or adult study day session. I recently helped our Education Officer with a pre-history workshop for schools where children were able to handle a mammoths tooth. Their faces lit up with amazement (some with horror) when we explained what the object was. One pupil even dragged her Dad into the museum later that week to show him what she’d held. This for me is what a museum is all about… learning something new and providing enjoyment.
Share one piece of advice for those interested in working in the Museum field.
Volunteer! Helping out at your local museum can provide invaluable experience for a future museum career. Museums today would be lost without volunteer support so you’d really be helping them as much as they you.
Which historical figure would you like to meet and why. What would you ask them?
Yuri Gagarin. I find outer space fascinating , so it would be very interesting to hear what it felt like to be the first person to go into space. What was going through his mind at the launch? What did it feel like to look down on Earth? It must be an experience like no other.
Where would you choose to go/visit if you could go anywhere in the world for a day?
One of the biggest things to do on my bucket list is a safari. I would probably go to the Maasai Mara in Kenya to see the lions or to see the silverbacks in Rwanda.
What was the first music track or album you bought?
I am ashamed to say it was Chesney Hawkes!
With the Museum being closed we have a great opportunity to go out and about working with the community and on exciting projects within the district.
Here are some of the exciting projects we are working on – let us know if you would like to get involved or have any ideas of other projects we could work on.
Community Cabinet Project:
Thanks to SHARE Museums East we have a small grant to work on a really exciting Community Cabinet Project. This project is a chance for community groups and individuals to curate their own exhibitions in a single case. The displays will feature both personal items and collections as well as the chance to explore the Museum’s vast collection. While the Museum is closed we are working with different groups to put on mini exhibitions in a cabinet in the Civic Offices in Epping and at our sister site Lowewood Museum.
Look out for more information on our first exhibition in next week’s blog.
Take over Day:
Have you heard of Kids in Museums? They work with Museums to help them welcome and include families, teenagers and children. One of their exciting projects, which we are getting involved in this year, is Museum Takeover Day. On Friday 21st November we will be inviting pupils from Broxbourne School to take over Lowewood Museum for the day, they will be taking on museum roles and running the museum as Front of House Staff, Curators, Educators and lots of other roles. Look out for more information coming soon and why not see if you can come down to the Museum and see Takeover Day in action.
Museum on the Move:
We are spending quite a bit of time out and about while the Museum is closed. As part of our special Museum on the Move project we have already been to Waltham Abbey Town Show, Epping Town Show, Waltham Abbey Marriot Family Fun Day and a number of other fairs.
Here are some pictures of what we have been up to.
We may be bringing the Museum to an event near you sometime soon – if you know of any events you might like to see the Museum involved in or you are interested in curating a mini exhibition as part of our community cabinet project then why not get in touch via our contact us page.