London Transport poster collection alights at district museum

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‘Waltham Abbey by Tram’ a poster by Gregory Brown

You may have seen on the news recently a report on a major sale of travel posters from the collections of the London Transport Museum (LTM). As part of the preparation for that sale the LTM arranged for the transfer of a number of posters to other museums including the Epping Forest District Museum.  

The Museum already has a substantial collection of travel posters based on the work of the artist Walter Spradbery who lived in Buckhurst Hill and who produced many posters for London Transport during the golden age of poster design. The four posters transferred to the museum are works by Charles Paine, Maurice Wilson, Fred Taylor and Gregory Brown and date between 1914 -1951. The posters are currently being catalogued and documented and will go on show later this year at the museum.

‘Chigwell’ a transport poster by Fred Taylor

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on the museum and our collections please contact: 

Epping Forest District Museum

39 – 41 Sun Street

WalthamAbbey

Essex EN9 1EL

Tel: 01992 716882

Email: museum@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Web: www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/museum

Museum goes digital with oil painting collection

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‘Autumn, High Beach’ an oil painting by Alec Dixon, 1988

At the Epping Forest District Museum in Waltham Abbey, our extensive collection of paintings is shown on a rotating basis in our art gallery. Because paintings and prints can be sensitive to light, causing them to fade over time, works are taken off display and placed in our reserve for periods of rest between exhibits. This is one way of helping to preserve them but it does mean that the number of paintings the public can see at any particular time is restricted.

Making high quality digital images accessible online, is one way that the public can take a look behind the scenes at the wider collection held by the Epping Forest District Museum. 

A major national data base of oil paintings in public collections has been created by the Public Catalogue Foundation in partnership with the BBC and includes images from this section of the museum’s art collection. To find out more about this project visit www.thepcf.org.uk/ and to view the paintings visit the BBC’s Your Paintings website at www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/

For more information on our museum and its collections please contact:

Epping Forest District Museum

39 – 41 Sun Street

Waltham Abbey

Essex, EN9 1EL

Tel: 01992 716882

Email: museum@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Web: www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/museum

Reflections of the Past – Ray Sears historic photographs of Waltham Abbey

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A view of Waltham Abbey Church from Highbridge Street

Epping Forest District Museum is delighted to be hosting ‘Reflections of the Past’ an exhibition of historic photographs of Waltham Abbey, collected by Raymond Sears.

Ray was born and has lived in Waltham Abbey all his life and his collection of photographs came out of a desire to celebrate and share the photographic history of the town. First exhibited at King Harold School in 1989, his collection is an ever expanding mixture of personal and donated photographs.

These days,  Ray stages exhibitions regularly in the town, and has published a number of books based on his collection.

A view of the Abbey Gateway of Waltham Abbey Church

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get up close to this fantastic collection and find out more about the history of Waltham Abbey.

For more information please contact:

Epping Forest District Museum

39 – 41 Sun Street

Waltham Abbey

Essex EN9 1EL

Tel: 01992 716882

Email: museum@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Web: www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/museum

 

 

Family craft this Saturday at Waltham Abbey

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Come and join us at family craft this Saturday 6 October from 12noon to 3pm at Epping Forest District Museum.

We are going to be quill pen writing, and illuminating our initials and you can also take part in a consultation session on displays and themes for the potential new museum extension. The craft activity will be a free event as a thank you for sharing your ideas with us.

While you are here, you can also see the new exhibition ‘Reflections of the Past’, with historic photographs of Waltham Abbey from the collections of Ray Sears. This exhibition opens on Saturday.

For more information please contact:

Epping Forest District Museum

39 – 41 Sun Street

Waltham Abbey

Essex EN9 1EL

Tel: 01992 716882

Email: museum@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Web: www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/museum

 

 

Victorian novelist’s work celebrated in exhibition at Lowewood Museum

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Join us at Lowewood Museum on Saturday 8 September 2012 from 11am – 3pm, to celebrate the launch of the Anthony Trollope collection, on loan to the museum from the Trollope Society.

Anthony Trollope was one of the most successful English novelists of the Victorian era. As well as a writer, Trollope was a Surveyor to the Eastern District for the Post Office, a role by which he is famous for introducing the pillar box to Britain.

Waltham House, the home of Anthony Trollope, Victorian novelist

In 1859, Trollope moved to Waltham House in Waltham Cross, and during the 12 years he spent there, he was at the height of his writing career writing many of his best loved works including The Last Chronicle of Barset.

Celebrating the life and work of this beloved novelist, the day will include:

11.15am: Official launch of the collection by The Mayor of Broxbourne, Cllr Eddy Rowland and Michael G Williamson JP DL Chairman: The Trollope Society

11.30 – 11.40am: Reading of Trollope by members of The Trollope Society

12 noon – 3pm: Family Fun! Join us for a Post Box Craft session that will be fun for all the family

12.30 – 12.40pm: Reading of Trollope by members of The Trollope Society

3pm: Event End

We look forward to seeing you on the day!

Free Admission

For more information contact us at

Lowewood Museum, High Street, Hoddesdon, EN11 8BH

Tel: 01992 445596

E-mail: museum.leisure@broxbourne.gov.uk

Web: www.broxbourne.gov.uk/lowewoodmuseum

Invitation to the Anthony Trollope exhibition at Lowewood Museum

 

 

Museum wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

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Lottery funded logoThe Epping Forest District Museum has received initial funding of £27,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to develop its ‘Museum at the Core’ project before applying for a full grant later this year.

This first round* grant will help the museum to plan ideas for extending the exhibition space, creating new open access storage facilities and providing a community learning space. The whole project sets out to realise the potential of Epping Forest District Museum, increase visitor numbers and improve displays. In addition, the museum wants to encourage more people to get involved through volunteering and greater use of museum objects. Other ideas for development include new terminals in the galleries and a lift to increase the number of visitors able to access the exhibits on the upper floors.

The museum tells the story of the Epping Forest district and this project will allow even more reserve collections to be brought on site and displayed in the open storage areas. There are approximately 100,000 items in the museum’s remarkable collection that illustrate the fascinating history and cultural legacy of the area. These include the Waltham Abbey bible, Tudor wall panelling from the Abbey House and artwork by Lucien Pissarro, Jacob Epstein and transport poster artist Walter Spradbery.

The museum is in the heart of the Waltham Abbey conservation area, housed in a prominent and much-loved Tudor Grade II listed timber-framed building, dating to 1520, with a late Georgian extension and a modern special exhibition gallery.

Councillor Brian Rolfe Chairman of Epping Forest District Council said: “We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support. Epping Forest District Council is very proud of its museum service and the wonderful collection it looks after and displays for visitors. The award of this grant will allow us to develop our plans for the expansion of the Museum as a centre for learning within the local community and provide greater access to the fascinating heritage of our district.”

Explaining the importance of the HLF support, Robyn Llewellyn Head of Heritage Lottery Fund East of England said: “We are delighted to support Epping Forest District Museum with this award of a first round pass*, enabling them to develop their application further. This is a really exciting opportunity; the extra space would allow for a complete re-display and re-organisation of the Museum. More education space would be provided and even more of the collection would be on public display, allowing the community to understand better their local heritage.”

*A first round pass means the project meets HLF criteria for funding and the HLF believes the project has the potential to deliver high-quality benefits and value for Lottery money. The application was in competition with other supportable projects, so a first round pass is an endorsement of the outline proposals. Having been awarded a first round pass, the project now has up to two years to submit fully-developed proposals to compete for a firm award. On occasion, an applicant with a first round pass will also be awarded development funding towards the development of their scheme.

SX Urban Games comes to Waltham Abbey

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SX Urban Games at Waltham Abbey

The next big multi-sport event in the area is all set to take place this coming Friday in Waltham Abbey. Building on the fantastic success of last year’s W Fest, this year’s event has been tied in with the Essex-wide SX Urban Games.

Incorporating many elements of the W Fest such as skateboarding, BMXing and scooter competitions, DJing, hair braiding and nail painting, there will also be Healthworks Parkour/free running demos and taster sessions. Come and try this new and exciting activity that involves overcoming obstacles by leaping, vaulting and climbing.

The games take place at the Town Mead Leisure Park in Waltham Abbey from 1pm to 6pm on Friday 24th August. Entry to the event is free, however, there may be a small fee if entering into one of the competitions.

Please call Stanley Bridge Cycles on 01992 654248 to book for BMX / Skateboarding / Scooter competition. Places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.

Family Fun Day in Waltham Abbey at Epping Forest District Museum

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George and the dragon at the Family Fun Day

George and the dragon at the Family Fun Day

This Saturday 18 August between 11am and 4pm come along and enjoy our hugely popular Family Fun Day at the Epping Forest District Museum. During the day, at 11.30am, 1pm and 3pm you can enjoy a ‘George and the Dragon’ puppet show. The dragon is causing mayhem and must be defeated. After some failed attempts we send for St. George to save the day.

In the museum garden you can make willow crowns with our selection of beautiful herbs and we will bring the seaside to Waltham Abbey for you to enjoy building sandcastles and shrimping in the sun.

There is no need to book and entry is free of charge. Just drop in anytime during the advertised times.

For information on where to find us, including a map showing where to come and where you can park, visit the Family Fun Day event page

And while you are here, why not  take the time to have a look around and find out lots of interesting facts about the history of your local area. We have many wonderful and historical objects on display at the museum including ancient archaeological finds from the area.

Seaside shrimping at the Family Fun Day

Seaside shrimping at the Family Fun Day

Sandcastles in the sun at the Family Fun Day

Sandcastles in the sun at the Family Fun Day

For more information please telephone 01992 716882,

email museum@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

or visit us online at

www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/museum

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times

General museum opening times:  Monday, Tuesday and Friday 10am – 4pm and Saturday 10am – 5pm

Epping Forest District Museum, 39/41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1EL

 

Lady Godiva wows Abbey crowds

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Cultural Olympiad 2012Up to 2,000 people turned out to greet Lady Godiva as she made her spectacular way through Waltham Abbey on Saturday (4 August). The crowds of people were awed as the graceful lady, standing 6-metres tall, made her way regally from the Abbey to Epping Forest District Museum in Sun Street. Powered by some incredible mechanics, she waved and bowed to the crowds as she walked sedately across Market Square, gazing down upon spectators from rooftop level.

Part of the Cultural Olympiad celebrating the London 2012 Olympic Games, Waltham Abbey was a very appropriate overnight stop for Lady Godiva. She is believed to have been the grandmother of Queen Ealdgyth, wife of King Harold who is reputed to be buried in the grounds of Waltham Abbey church.

The modern Lady Godiva, set out from Coventry where the original is said to have ridden naked through the town in protest at the heavy taxes levied on the people by her husband, Leofric. The modern Lady Godiva, also travelled by horse, although this time powered by a team of cyclists and was fully clothed. Her journey ended on Sunday in Waltham Forest.

Councillor Liz Webster, Mayor of Waltham Abbey and Leisure and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council greeted Lady Godiva. Waltham Abbey residents Jack (9) and his brother Oliver (4)  joined civic and religious leaders at the Museum where Jack presented Lady Godiva with his own model horse made earlier in the day.

Lady Godiva making way to Waltham Abbey

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Lady Godiva, a 6-metre high puppet propelled by a team of 100 cyclists is making her way to Waltham Abbey. The fully-clothed version of the English heroine set out from Coventry on Sunday. She will arrive in Waltham Abbey for an over-night stay on Saturday (4 August), leaving for Waltham Forest on Sunday morning as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

Civic dignitaries led by Councillor Liz Webster Mayor of Waltham Abbey and Councillor Brian Rolfe Chairman of Epping Forest District Council are expected to be joined by residents and well-wishers as Lady Godiva enters the town via Highbridge Street at about 4.30 on Saturday afternoon.

Transferring from her travelling to walking ‘rig’, Lady Godiva will pause for formalities by the Abbey Church before processing down Church Street, across Market Square and along Sun Street to the the Epping Forest District Museum. 

The puppet is travelling from Coventry via Northampton, Milton Keynes, Luton, Hatfield and Waltham Abbey using a bike called the Cyclopedia. Progress is sedate with cyclists travelling between 20 and 30 miles each day.

Lady Godiva is scheduled to depart from the Museum at about 5.20pm, walking back to Market Square and her ‘overnight accommodation’.