Design Icons exhibition at museum

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Our Design Icons exhibition takes you on a journey from the mischievous Mary Quant fashions to the ground-breaking Nintendo Gameboy. Design Icons: Through the 1960s, 70s and 80s exhibition explores some of the most recognisable designs of the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

Both innovative and unique, these retro design icons captured the imagination of their contemporaries and continue to inspire designers today.

Design Icons: Through the 1960s, 70s and 80s

Design Icons: Through the 1960s, 70s and 80s

Packed with games and music, our Design Icons exhibition has something for everyone. Marvel at the world class design of the Raleigh Chopper. Try your hand at playing Mario on an original Gameboy and admire the fashions of the 3 decades, from the eye-wateringly short skirts of the ‘60s, to the ripped, zipped and pinned outfits of the 1980s punks.

Where

Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL (map)

When

From 21 January to 4 March 2017 Open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays from 10am to 4pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 5pm. Closed on Thursdays & Sundays

Cost

Free

Young Curators Project

Design Icons was first curated in 2014 by 2 3D Design students from Herts Regional College as part of Epping Forest District Museum’s Young Curators project. The exhibition was made by young people for young people and was accompanied by a series of arts workshops for 11 to 18 year olds.

This exhibition is part of a series of touring exhibitions produced by Epping Forest District Museum and funded by Arts Council England. Additional funding was awarded by the Royal Opera House Bridge to enable the museum to run its Young Curators programme.Arts Council England logo

How to … Draw workshops

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Our fun, trick-filled drawing workshops are back for February half term. Join us at our museum in Waltham Abbey for How to Draw sessions, level 1 and level 2.

How to draw poster 2017

How to … Draw level 1

If you can draw a triangle you can draw a chicken! This artist led workshop takes you through the basics of drawing in a fun and creative way, with practical exercises in looking, feeling, mark-making and developing your own style.

  • When: Monday 13 February 2017
  • Time: 10.30am to 12 noon
  • Where: Epping Forest District Museum, 39–41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • Price: £8 (includes use of materials)
  • Age: 7+ years

How to … Draw level 2

So you can draw a triangle and a chicken, what’s next?  If you’ve been to our ever popular How to Draw Level 1 session and enjoy drawing, why not come along and develop your own style. Learn about different ways of drawing, from impressionism to cubism and photorealism, using a variety of artistic materials to explore different subjects, including landscape, portraiture and still life. And most important of all, have lots of fun!

  • When: Wednesday 15 February 2017
  • Time: 10.30am to 12 noon
  • Where: Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • Price: £8 (includes use of materials)
  • Age: 7+ years

Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend both sessions but need to book and take part too. We recommend attending level 1, before joining us for level 2.

Book now

  • Book online

  • Call 01992 564226 – Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm

#OurDay the people behind your local services

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Tuesday 15 November 2016 is #OurDay. #OurDay is a yearly tweetathon for local government to show what it does in a typical day.

Here are just a few of the people behind your valued Epping Forest District Council services.

Karen & her lifewalkers set off from Clayton Hill on a mild autumn morning

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Arts Council fund district inspired exhibition

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Epping Forest District Council’s culture team have successfully been granted £15,000 from Arts Council England to support a new project ‘Paths Unseen’.

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Inspired by the district ‘paths unseen’will focus on the local areas history.

The Arts Council funding will commission performance poet Keely Mills and artist illustrator Jef Winter to collaborate with The Ongar Academy and Epping Forest College students to create a diverse contemporary exhibition on the district.

Over the upcoming months Keely Mills will write new poems inspired by local stories and history, while Jef Winter will produce illustrations for Mill’s poems bringing the stories to life. Between them they will lead workshops in writing and performing poetic work and illustration, helping educate and produce exhibition work.

Developing new skills

In a new partnership with The Ongar Academy, 100 year 8 pupils will be given the chance to work alongside the artists over the year to create work for the exhibition.

100 Epping Forest College students studying fine art, photography and performing arts will undertake workshops on:

  • Writing
  • Performing poetic work
  • Illustration
  • Photographing and filming live performances

Public involvement

Epping Forest District Museum will also offer a new public programme open to all ages, giving people a chance to work with professional artists, developing their own personal stories inspired by the Epping Forest district and its history. Their stories and experience will also be translated into a film created by Epping Forest College.

The project will conclude with an exhibition at the newly refurbished Epping Forest District museum in summer 2017.

Bringing the community together

Councillor Helen Kane, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder said’ This is an exciting project, allowing pupils and the public  to work with such respected artists and have their work portrayed in a new and thought provoking way.

This will be one of the first contemporary arts projects to be showcased in the new temporary exhibitions space at the museum.

I look forward to the coming year to see what work is produced for the exhibition.’

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More information

For more information please contact EFDC Museum

Helping the distirct ‘stay well this winter’

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‘Stay well this winter’ events have been taking place across the district preparing residents for the colder months.

Stay well this winter

Health and wellbeing event

These free events in partnership with the West Essex Clinical Commissioning group include:

  • Advice on managing prescription medicines
  • Advice on where to access to help i.e. pharmacies, NHS Choices, GP, NHS111 or A&E
  • Informative talks from pharmacist, nurses and specialist health care advisors
  • Free health care checks
  • Free Lunch

The event also includes useful help and advice from:

  • Age UK
  • Care line
  • NHS falls prevention
  • The Alzheimer’s society
  • Community Agents
  • Trading Standards
  • NHS Nurses
  • East of England Ambulance
  • East od England Fire Service

The events conclude with some light entertainment from ‘Elvis’ and a goody bag.

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Know the steps you can take

So far ‘stay well this winter ‘has visited The Zinc Arts Centre in Ongar and The Limes Centre Chigwell.

One participant said ‘The talks were very informative and it was good to have a chance to speak to lots of professional in one place’

Karen Murray, EFDC Community Engagement said: ‘These events are a great opportunity for people to know the steps they can take to protect themselves, family and friends over the colder months and to have a bit of fun together whilst enjoying a performance from Elvis’.

Come and join us

The last ‘stay well this winter’ will take place:

  • Wednesday 16 November

  • 8 Station Road, Loughton IG10 4NX

Please note that the events run all day and include a free lunch.

Booking is required, please call to confirm a place.

  • 01992564226

Grant aid scheme for community groups

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You can apply for a grant of up to £5000 from Epping Forest District Council, if your organisation is providing community work, cultural or sporting activities.

Grant Aid Scheme

Applications welcome

Epping Forest District Council Community Services team are welcoming grant applications of up to £5000 to support organisations involved in providing community work, cultural or sport activities.

An amount of money is set aside each year and priority is given to those groups delivering Council objectives and targets.

Valuable contributions

Councillor Helen Kane, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder said:  ”Epping Forest District Council makes grants to voluntary and community organisations. They range from sports and social clubs to charities and support organisations. At its core, each is making a valuable contribution to the social and physical wellbeing of our residents.”

”Some are major national charities making a very significant contribution across the district whilst others contribute in smaller ways to enrich the tapestry of community activities that make our district such an enjoyable place to live. In tough economic times, the Council’s contribution can make all the difference.”

Pupils artwork to be displayed on dustcarts

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Congratulations to Mollie Dunn and Ava Griffith whose artwork will soon be displayed on the side of council dustcarts after winning a competition to design posters on littering and flytipping.

Winner of the infant school category

Mollie Dunn age 6 from Coopersale Hall School

Mollie Dunn - winner of the infants school category

Winner of the junior school category

Ava Griffith age 9 Epping Primary School

Ava Griffith - winner of the junior school category

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Designs about litter and flytipping

The 2 winners were invited to the council offices by Chairman Jeane Lea to receive a cheque of £500 for their schools. They were shown how their artwork would look on the side of the district’s dustcarts.

Over 800 pupils from local primary schools got creative and entered the competition. The only requirement was that the designs dealt with the topic of litter and flytipping.

It’s aim was to understand how children perceive litter and the cleanliness of our streets and public places using the theme‚ ‘Clean For The Queen‘.

Congratulations

Chairman Jeane Lea said: “Congratulations to both our winners. I was delighted to meet the girls and I cannot wait to see their designs on our dustcarts. They clearly have put a lot of care and thought into their entries.”

Think about the environment

Environment Portfolio Holder Councillor Will Breare-Hall said: “The competition entries were inspiring. The winning designs will be seen by thousands of people around the district and will remind residents not to drop litter on our streets.”

“It’s important people are aware of the negative impact that dropping rubbish has on the environment and to the area. I hope the message these young people have captured in their designs encourages people to think about the environment and get into the habit of putting their rubbish in a bin or taking it home with them.”

Want to see more

Have a look at all the entries – we’ve posted them on Flickr for people to enjoy.

 

Chairman ‘shows off’ new museum

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Our freshly redeveloped museum in Waltham Abbey was ‘shown off’ by Chairman Jeane Lea at the annual civic lunch on Thursday 1 September 2016.

Civic lunch - EFDMuseum

Epping Forest District Museum

Chairman Jeane Lea, a Waltham Abbey councillor, invited chairman and mayors from nearby councils in London and Essex to a guided tour by museum staff around the redeveloped Epping Forest District Museum. The museum was reopened in March 2016 after a 2 year long Heritage Lottery funded redevelopment.

The museum tells the story of the people and events that have shaped the Epping Forest district. You can see the remains of woolly mammoths as well as a wooden turkey, a favourite toy of a Victorian child, plus loads more.

Treated to a tour

Guests were treated to a guided tour of the new community rooms and exhibits and given a chance to see behind the scenes. They were shown the 6 new galleries, allowing for a much greater number of objects to be displayed than ever before.

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Proud to live in Waltham Abbey

Chairman Jeane Lea said: ‘I love the new look and feel of the museum! Our museum is a wonderful asset for the whole district to enjoy. It makes me proud to say I live in Waltham Abbey.’

‘I was honoured to be given the chance to show my guests the fantastic improvements and changes that have taken place. I will definitely be visiting again in the near future.’

‘Thank you to all the museum staff, whose knowledge and hard work has made this such a lovely local museum. I would also like to thank all my guests who raised £265 for my charity, the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust based at North Weald Airfield.’

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Museum partnership receives grant

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Museum partnership secures major grant award from Arts Council England Resilience Fund

A heritage sustainability project entitled ‘No Borders’, which is being  led by Epping Forest District Council’s Museum, Heritage and Culture Service has been awarded £279,000 by Arts Council England, following a competitive bid to Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund.

EFD Museum reopening

 Epping Forest District Museum re-opening following it’s refurbishment in March 2016

National award

The award, which is part of Arts Council England’s strategic funding programme, has been designed to support museums to become more sustainable and resilient to the pressures many are currently facing. Nationally some 94 museums and organisations were awarded funding totalling £12.2 million.

Ground-breaking Partnership

The ‘No Borders’  project is a ground breaking local authority museums partnership, which includes Epping Forest Museum, Heritage and Culture Service, the Lowewood Museum in Broxbourne and Chelmsford City’s Museum Service, which are all popular museum services  with free entry for the public.

Developing sustainable services

The aim of the project is to support all three local authority areas to  develop sustainable, inspiring services for the future, drawing upon recommendations and ideas produced for Epping Forest District Museum, as part of an earlier piece of resilience work funded by Arts Council England.

Good news for residents

The funding is good news for local residents of all ages  as family activities are a key area of work and this project will enable the museums to develop new approaches to support funding for exhibitions, development projects and day to day activities, by bringing in professionals with expertise in fundraising and commercial operations including retail, catering, event services and venue hire, to undertake a number of transformational improvements across all these areas of work.

New charitable foundations

It is also planned for the museums to establish new, charitable Development Foundations to undertake fundraising in support of their work the museums, with the aim of bringing in funding not normally available to local authority museums and this will be established and guided by an experienced fundraiser.

A third strand of the project will be to undertake projects with groups and individuals who don’t currently access the museums’ services , to build audiences and encourage  people of all ages and abilities to get involved with the museum, as visitors, supporters, volunteers  and future curators.

In the Epping Forest District, the ‘No Borders’ project will build on the recent expansion and refurbishment of Epping Forest District Museum, which has recently reopened following a major Heritage Lottery Fund Award of £1.65m, which has enabled the museum to be fully accessible.

Delighted

Museum, Heritage and Culture Manager, Tony O’Connor said: ‘’We are delighted to have secured this funding for this work at this exciting time in the museum services development. We are grateful for the support of Arts Council England in providing the opportunity to undertake this transformational project, which will improve the opportunities for residents and visitors to Epping Forest, Broxbourne and Chelmsford museums to engage in the rich heritage and cultural offer we all share.”

Exciting developments

Councillor Helen Kane, Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council’s Leisure and Community Services said: ”Achieving this funding will allow us to build on the exciting developments which have taken place at the Epping Forest District Museum and will ensure that our museum, heritage and culture service can continue to contribute to the health, wellbeing and economic development of the district in a sustainable way.”

She added: ”Ensuring the museum is sustainable and resilient in the long term will ensure the newly developed building continues to contribute to Waltham Abbey town, business and communities.’’

The ‘No Borders’ project will take place between October 2016 and March 2018

Pupils amaze at Big Dance performance

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Pupils from Epping Forest district’s after-school dance clubs took part in the Big Dance Pledge on Friday 20 May 2016 at Chipping Ongar Primary School.

They joined thousands of dancers from all around the world who simultaneously performed to music created especially for the Big Dance by musician Nitin Sawhney, and dancer Akram Khan choreographing the dancing.

After-school dance clubs run by Epping Forest District Council are from

  • Chipping Ongar Primary School
  • Coopersale and Theydon Garnon Primary School
  • Ivy Chimneys Primary School
  • Moreton Primary School
  • Nazeing Primary School
  • Roydon Primary School

Dancers photos

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A day to remember

Vanessa Gayton, Dance Engagement Officer at Epping Forest District Council said: “Today has been a fantastic experience for the children. I’m very proud of each and every single one of them, this really has been a day to remember.”

“The beauty of the dance pledge is that it is for everyone, with all types of people and levels of experience of dance in mind. It’s important to put dance on the map in the local community and to show how dance can bring people together.”

#BigDance

Want to get involved? Find out more on the Big Dance website.