Museum galleries spring to life

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Museum galleries sprang to life in an enchanting dance exploration called On the Move. Dancers performed to over 200 visitors at Epping Forest District Museum on 30 April 2016.

Museum dance residency

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Students from the Waltham Abbey-based DNA Studios performed dance interpretations by Choreographer in Residence, Elysia Tebb. Dances were inspired by the themes in the temporary exhibitions gallery, On the Move.

The group performed this piece before dispersing around the museum where they performed their own individual pieces, offering a new and slightly different take on the interpretation of the galleries displays.

Reopening celebration

The performances were a celebration of Epping Forest District Museum’s reopening after it’s Heritage Lottery Funded refurbishment and expansion.

Innovative performance

Speaking about the project, Epping Forest District Council’s Dance Engagement Officer Vanessa Gayton said: “The On The Move Dance project finds both the Museum and DNA Performing Arts students experiencing a totally unique way of representation and performance.”

“This is an immersive experience for the young people involved as they interpret the history of the collections, working in unconventional settings and interacting closely with their audience.”

“The week-long residency has challenged their imaginations, spatial awareness, self-confidence and fitness levels, building towards what will, no doubt, be an innovative performance for our visitors to enjoy.”

 

New Horizon’s co-ordinator, Hettie, retires

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New Horizon’s Hettie Williamson has hung up her ‘days trips hat’, after 26 years of organising the Epping Forest District Council run ‘Stepping Out Club’ outings. Future day trips are to be run by Karen Murray, the District Council’s Older People’s Engagement Officer.

Julie Chandler (Assistant Director of Community Services and Safety), Hettie Williamson (Ex-coordinator of New Horizon’s outings) and Karen Murray (New coordinator for New Horizon’s outings)

Karen Murray said: “Hettie has done a fantastic job and we are sad she won’t be organising the trips any more, but she will hopefully be coming along on a few trips as a guest in future, that’s if she’s not too busy with all her other activities!”

Hettie joined the team as trip coordinator in November 1989 and since then she has dedicated her time and energy into making the club a success.

88 Years Young

At 88 years young, Hettie will continue to manage the District Council’s Bowls club at the David Lloyd Health and Fitness Club in Chigwell and organise her monthly tea dances. Hettie said: “I never looked back and in its heyday I was arranging up to 22 day trips a year. We have been like one big family and we have shared many happy memories together”.

Hettie is an ‘inspiration’

Julie Chandler, Assistant Director for Community Services and Safety said: “I’m delighted that Hettie has been part of the Council for so long. She has been an inspiration to many people and still is. On behalf of the Council, I’d like to thank Hettie for the commitment and energy that she’s given to the Stepping Out Club over the years.”

Popular day trips

New Horizons offers a range of sporting, social and leisure pursuits for the over 50s. They offer everything from badminton to yoga, dancing to petanque, bowls and the ever popular day trips. Trips are run throughout the year to stately homes, gardens, coasts, as well as other special events.

Day trips in 2016 include:

  • Friday 24th June – Oxford the “City of Dreaming Spires”, £41.85 per person
  • Monday 12th September – Royal London-with a visit to Buckingham Palace, £45.65 per person
  • Tuesday 22nd November – Christmas in Faversham & Canterbury with Choral Evensong at the Cathedral, £28.75 per person

Whether you are looking for a new interest or simply looking to enjoy the company of new friends, take a look at what is on offer this year.

For further details about the trips or Tea Dances kmurray@eppingforestdc.gov.uk or 01992 564222

All trips include coach and entry costs unless otherwise stated and local pick up points are available

Museum reopening a huge success

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

EFD Museum reopening

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The bells of Waltham Abbey Church rang as reenactors from the 44th East Essex Regiment marched up Sun Street towards the museum to help the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Liz Webster cut the ribbon to officially reopen 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.

Epping Forest District Museum reopens

Future events

This reopening sees a new start in the museum’s history with a fantastic programme of events and activities coming up in the next year. The museum’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will be back this year taking place on Saturday 26 March from 10am to 3pm. The public is invited to follow the trail around the museum and solve the puzzle to win their chocolate prize. The event is free and open to all.

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Museum reopening date confirmed

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After a 2 year long Heritage Lottery Funded project, the reopening of Epping Forest District Museum is on the horizon.

Museum reopening flyer

Come and see us

We would like to welcome members of the public to the museum on Saturday 19 March 2016 from 10am to 5pm to see the fantastic improvements and changes that have taken place on site.

With a new community room for schools, groups and activities, a lift making all galleries accessible to the public for the first time and the chance to see behind the scenes the museum will be a unique offer to both local people and the wider community.

The museum team are now in the process of reinstalling the objects in the 6 new galleries ready for the reopening in March, with a much greater number of objects going on display than ever before.

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Find us

Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL.

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Volunteer to preserve your local history

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“Volunteering is fun, rewarding and enriches lives, come and give it a go!” says Katie Weston, volunteer coordinator at Epping Forest District Museum.

Epping Forest District Museum Volunteers

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“Our museum collection volunteers come from all over the district and meet twice a week to catalogue and document new objects. In 2016 volunteers will be based at the newly refurbished Epping Forest District Museum in Waltham Abbey.

We’re always looking for new volunteers

“Volunteers are a mix of ages and interests. Some are here simply because they love history, others to learn new skills. One of our volunteers is using the sessions to gain experience to get future work in a museum” said Katie.

“We’re currently looking for new Visitor Assistant Volunteers. These volunteers will help engage visitors and interpret our collections, it’s a really exciting role and we’re thrilled to be expanding our volunteer team. I can offer them a fun, friendly and interesting environment to work in. If you’re interested in volunteering call me on 01992 716882 or email me at kweston@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.”

I find the work fascinating

Husband and wife volunteers Andrew and Sarah recently moved to the district and joined the group.

Andrew said: “Today we’re cataloguing medals from a man who served in North Africa and Italy in the Second World War. The medals were donated by his family after his death along with other personal items.”

“I’m particularly interested in these items as my father served in the same area at roughly the same time. We know the man lived in Ongar, and went to Theydon Bois Council mixed school where he was known as ‘the boy from the country’. I find the work fascinating – it’s like piecing together a jigsaw of someone’s life.”

I love old objects

Elisabetta recently moved from Italy where she was a student in anthropology. She said: “The artefacts in the UK are completely different from those in Italy. I volunteered because I love old objects. The best object I’ve seen here so far is an instruction manual for the first ever fire extinguisher dating back to the early 1900s. It includes a page which describes how a prototype was demonstrated in front of the pope.”

It’s really good fun

Retired teacher Carolyn was cataloguing photos and a programme from 1963 for the play ‘Murder in the Cathedral’ performed by the Loughton based Becket Theatre Drama Company. She said: “I really love history. You get to see some wonderful objects and it’s really good fun!”

Want to volunteer?

Contact Katie Weston, volunteer coordinator at Epping Forest District Museum

 

#OurDay 2015

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A snapshot of 24 hours in the life of Epping Forest District Council for #OurDay 2015.

Jarvis, Karen and 14 keen cyclists set off on a 10 mile ‘Cycle For Health’ on ‪#‎OurDay‬

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Stephen Warner war diaries shared online

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The diaries of a local soldier who served in the 9th Battalion Essex Regiment in World War 1 are being shared online on the day they were first written exactly 100 years ago.

Medals

Stephen Warner diaries

A blog to follow Stephen Warner’s journey in the First World War can be read at www.lowewoodmuseum.com.

Stephen kept a day-by-day account of his journey through the First World War. He served initially as a Private in the Royal Army Medical Corps, but after some time there he felt that he could not let others bear the brunt of the battle and so became 2nd Lieutenant in the 9th Battalion Essex Regiment.

He served  in the 9th Battalion Essex Regiment with distinction and was awarded the Military Cross.

Read the blog

Follow Stephen Warner’s diaries at www.lowewoodmuseum.com.

The diaries are part of Lowewood Museum’s collection. They provide an insight into an individual’s experience of the First World War.

 

Book your kids summer activities now

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Youth activities, summer sports, family entertainment, activity camps & more – book your kids summer activities now!

Summer activities 2015

You will find lots of exciting things to do throughout the school holidays. There’s a wide variety of activities including arts and crafts, children’s theatre and multisport activity sessions.

The Epping Forest Inclusion Project runs a number of sessions and activities for children and young people with additional needs.

Book your activities in 3 easy steps

      1. Choose the activities you’d like your kids to attend

        Read our summer activities brochure 2015 (pdf 1.26MB)

      2. Book and pay for the activities online

        to book by telephone please call 01992 564226 from 1 July

      3. Add the dates to your diary

        Get ready to celebrate the summer!

What’s going on?

  • Activity Camp

Activity Camp is the new playschemes programme from Epping Forest District Council. Each day of the Activity Camp is jam packed with sports, arts, dance and drama activities that will keep young children smiling and having fun all day long. Find out more in our summer activities brochure 2015 (pdf 1.26MB).

  • Play in the Forest

Play in the Forest is all about playing games and having fun in the forest. Play Rangers will bring along a wide range of equipment and activities for children and young people to enjoy and will help them explore the forest. Activities will include den building, nature trails and woodland arts and crafts. Find out more in our summer activities brochure 2015 (pdf 1.26MB).

  • Play in the Park

Play in the Park is all about playing games and having fun outdoors. Play Rangers will bring along a wide range of equipment for children and young people to enjoy and will help organise games. Space Hoppers, flying saucers, cricket, football, art & crafts … endless fun! Find out more in our summer activities brochure 2015 (pdf 1.26MB).

Celebrate the summer

Councillor Helen Kane, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder said: ‘Don’t let your kids get bored this summer! Our summer activities brochure is packed full of fun and exciting ideas.’

‘Give your kids the opportunity to learn new skills and make new friends … book now and celebrate the summer!’

 

Museum Heritage Lottery fund project update

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Building work has begun on Epping Forest District Museum’s Heritage Lottery Fund redevelopment project. Work began on 20 April 2015 after Coniston Limited was appointed to do the construction.  Coniston Limited have worked on a number of museum based projects including the Imperial War Museum, The British Museum and are also currently working on the refurbishment of the Europe Galleries at the Victorian and Albert Museum.

Museum, Heritage and Culture team on a site visit

Work has started to prepare the building for its new layout and expanded facility. The museum which is extending into the first floor above the local library has been opened up to create a blank canvas for construction to begin on the new room layouts. The stairs have been removed and work has also begun to prepare the space for the lift which will be installed to make the museum fully accessible.

Councillor Helen Kane, Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council’s Leisure and Community Services said: “It is fantastic to see the building work has begun and that the museum’s redevelopment is really progressing now. We are all very much looking forward to seeing the next stages when the new layout and accessibility features will really begin to take shape. The final product will be a great facility for both Waltham Abbey but also the wider community.”

The next stages of the project will include the installation of new wiring and electrical systems before the decoration can begin as well as the continuing work to install the lift and new staircase.

Another major part of the project is the opening up of the front door to 39 Sun Street which will form the new main entrance to the museum. This work will also take place in the coming months.

Museum volunteers nominated for award

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The collections team at Epping Forest District Museum has been nominated for the 2015 SHARE Volunteer Awards in the Behind the Scenes Award category. The volunteer collections team has been nominated for their contributions and fantastic work during 2014.

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The first annual SHARE Volunteer Awards for Museums in the East received an impressive 87 nominations from 46 different museums around the Eastern region. Nominations were received from museums all sizes as the awards scheme seeks to recognise the valuable contribution that volunteers make to museums and their communities.

The judging panel is sitting in the middle of May and the winners will be announced at a celebration and awards evening with drinks and canapés on 4 June at the Athenaeum in Bury St Edmunds.

Expertise and enthusiasm

The museum’s Volunteer Coordinator, Katie Weston said: “We’re thrilled that our collections volunteer team have been recognised for the SHARE volunteer awards. They’re a brilliant team who add so much expertise and enthusiasm to the Epping Forest District Museum service. As a small museum team, we really appreciate the support of local volunteers, who are helping us shape our new museum through our heritage lottery funded re-display.”

The importance of volunteers

Of the regional scheme, Simon Floyd of SHARE Museums East said: “These Awards are an ideal chance to celebrate the importance of volunteers to museums, showcase the range of roles that volunteers undertake, and demonstrate the diversity of the people who offer their time as volunteers. In addition, through these awards, SHARE can highlight best practice in both volunteering and volunteer management.”

SHARE Museums East

Further information and a full list of those nominated can be found at