Museum secures ‘resilience’ funding

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The Epping Forest District Museum in Waltham Abbey and the Lowewood Museum in Hoddesdon have just been awarded £55,000 from Arts Council England as part of the Museum Resilience Fund. Epping Forest District Museum, which is currently undergoing a major capital redevelopment supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is 1 of only 2 museums in Essex to have been awarded funding.

‘Lady Godiva’ visiting Waltham Abbey Museum in 2012

Lady Godiva at Epping Forest District Museum in Waltham Abbey.

The Arts Council Museum Resilience Fund, part of its strategic funding programme, has been designed to support museums to become more sustainable and resilient. The grant will go to support 2 strands of work

  1. The first is to explore the possibility of setting up a body to secure funding for the delivery of museum, heritage and culture activity in the Epping Forest District and the Borough of Broxbourne
  2. The second strand of work would be to explore other opportunities created by the expanded museum offer and the services provided. A further application will be made to support the implementation of any recommendations later this year

Engage in the rich heritage

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

Councillor Helen Kane, Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council’s Leisure and Community Services said: “Achieving this funding will allow us to explore how the museum, heritage and culture service can continue to contribute to the health, wellbeing and economic development of the district in a sustainable way. Ensuring the museum is sustainable in the long term will ensure the newly developed building continues to contribute to Waltham Abbey town, business and communities.”

 

King Harold Day

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Attractions including a living history re-enactment camp, archery, falconry display and the Queen’s entourage were some of the attractions at the Annual King Harold Day Festival in Waltham Abbey.

A Knight and a Chairman

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More than 4,000 visitors were entertained by an array of colourful attractions. A traditional procession of medieval dressed performers walked along Sun Street through the Market Square to the King Harold Memorial Stone where Councillor Tony Boyce , Chairman of Council of Epping Forest District Council and Councillor Ann Mitchell MBE, Town Mayor laid floral wreaths.

 

The Great War exhibition at Lowewood Museum

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A new exhibition will open at Lowewood Museum on Saturday 13 September 2014, marking the centenary of the start of the First World War. The display will explore how the Borough of Broxbourne was affected.

The free exhibition, entitled ‘The Great War: Home Life and Service during the 1914-18 War’, first takes visitors back to 1914, revealing how the War was met with initial excitement by many, with huge numbers volunteering to enlist in Kitchener’s army.

The Great War Exhibiton poster

The exhibition goes on to show how this initial excitement quickly declined as the horrors of war began to show. By 1915, Britain was on full alert as the menacing zeppelin entered the skies. By the end of 1915, 37 tonnes of bombs had been dropped over Britain and the Borough of Broxbourne did not escape. For the first time in history Britain faced a world war, with threats from land, air and sea.

From the top to the bottom of society, people stepped up to help with the war effort. This exhibition reveals just this, showing how local people adapted and did their bit, from the role of local women and the Special Constabulary, to the establishment of make-shift hospitals like Rosehill in Hoddesdon.

Exhibits include a collection of diaries written by Stephen Warner, the great grandson of John Warner of Hoddesdon. During the War, Stephen served initially as a Private in the Royal Army Medical Corps, but after a 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 where he was served with distinction and was awarded the Military Cross, which also can be seen on display.

Find out more

The exhibition runs from 13 September to 20 December 2014 and entry is free.

You can find the address, contact details and opening times on the Lowewood Museum website.

 

Funday Sunday at North Weald

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The sun shone as record crowds enjoyed the best Funday yet at North Weald Airfield on Sunday 7 September.

Thousands of happy families and plane enthusiasts started arriving early in the day for the latest event organised by Weald Aviation and Epping Forest District Council.

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire and Hurricane completed the first official air display at North Weald Airfield for 15 years (1999 being the last). Stalls, exhibitions, music, classic cars and a funfair for children kept everyone happy on the ground.

The Lord Lieutenant of Essex Lord Petre and the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Tony Boyce were joined by members of the Royal British Legion and veterans of Afghanistan to take the salute. The Epping Forest Pipe Band led the march past and the Last Post was played in remembrance of all who have lost their lives in defence of freedom.

Band of Brothers

2014 is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings marking the start of the liberation of Europe in 1944. North Weald Airfield played a major role in the invasion as the starting point for Czech soldiers in the multi-national airborne force. 50 years later it reprised a similar role as the backdrop to Band Of Brothers, the landmark television series produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.

Visitors were able to see a special exhibition about the filming of scenes at the airfield with a real DC3 Dakota and many military vehicles forming the backdrop to a display of photographs taken from the film sets.

Fun of the fair

Fairground rides, slides and bouncy castles were free for children in the main arena. Classic cars including Ford Mustangs, MGs and Volkswagen Campers were on show. Many of the airfield’s classic cold-war jets including 2 Gnats made famous by the Red Arrows were on static display. The pride of North Weald’s Cold War jets Hawker Hunter Fox 1 formed up for a spectacular flying display with the ‘Norwegian’ Vampire.

Lord Petre and Councillor Tony Boyce

Marvellous event

District Council Chairman Tony Boyce congratulated everyone involved in the event. He said: “I want to say thank you to everyone at EMAS Weald Aviation, Epping Forest District Council, and the huge number of individuals and other organisations that made it such a fantastic day. It was a marvellous event and a true measure of the community spirit that makes our district such a great place.”

He continued: “I also want to pay a special tribute to the veterans, young and old, who joined us for the day. It was a real privilege for me and the Lord Lieutenant to stand and take the salute with them. In particular I want to say how much I enjoyed meeting RAF medics Kevin and Laura McClean and their young daughter. Both must have saved many lives while serving in Afghanistan on casualty evacuation duties. Kevin is still in the RAF while Laura now works in a local hospital. For me they epitomized all that is best about our great Country and I was proud to stand beside them.”

Profits from the North Weald Airfield Community Day will be donated to the Royal British Legion and the Herts Air-Ambulance.

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Photographic archive donated to museum

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The Epping Society has donated a collection of approximately 150 8″ x 10″ monochrome photographs of street views of buildings in Epping and Coopersale to the Epping Forest District Museum.

The photos, taken in the early 1970’s by Stuart Turner LRPS form part of his bequest to the Society. The majority of his pictures were left to English Heritage but he wanted these to be kept in the local area. As well as these photographs the Society is donating around 20 postcards and smaller prints as well as approximately 100 colour prints of Epping High Street in 2003. The photos will be looked after for future generations to enjoy.

Jill Holmen and Andrew Smith

Collection Management Officer Jill Holmen said: “We are extremely grateful to the Epping Society for this generous donation. These photos will be a vital record of changes to shop ownership and detail of everyday life and the changing street scene. They will also be of interest to researchers and visitors.”

Epping Society Chairman Andrew Smith, who handed over the photographs said: “We are delighted to present these photos to Epping Forest District Museum. They will now be available to a much wider audience and even more people will be able to enjoy them.”

Images have been digitised and will be available to view on the Epping Society website.

Museum redevelopment

The Museum is currently closed for redevelopment. However, there is still plenty going on, both in the district and at our sister museum, Lowewood, in Hoddesdon.

 

Still life drawing workshop for young people at Lowewood Museum

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Young people aged between 13 and 17 years are invited to get creative at Lowewood Museum for a still life drawing workshop.

Part of the ‘Young People in the Arts’ programme, the session is suitable for anyone who has an interest in learning how to draw still life or those who want to fine tune their sketching skills.

Still Life Drawing poster

Working with a professional artist, participants will learn how to draw the Museum’s objects in still life arrangements. From pencil to pastel, this workshop will allow young people to explore a variety of mediums, helping them to discover their favourite drawing styles.

This workshop caters for any level of artist, from the experienced to the beginner – everyone will learn how to draw still life arrangements confidently.

When?

Saturday 23 August between 11am and 1pm.

How much?

£3 per person. There are just 12 places so young people are asked to book early to avoid disappointment by calling the Museum on 01992 445596.

 

Village day a big success

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Fun was had by all at the Fyfield Village Fun Day on Saturday 9 August.

Officially opened by Chairman of Council Councillor Tony Boyce, there was plenty to see and do. With attractions for young and old it really brought the community together as well as drawing in families from across the district. The event, organised by Epping Forest District Council, was held to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Children being entertained by Punch & Judy

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Well-known children’s author and illustrator Nick Butterworth ran a drawing session, which was then followed by book signings – including his popular stories of Percy the Park Keeper! With family connections in Fyfield, it was a pleasure to have him attend and see him bring joy to the children who met him.

Children were entertained by the Punch and Judy shows with ‘Dog’ and ‘Sword’ balloons being made.  They also enjoyed playing with the large selection of toys provided by the Council’s Community Development Play in The Park Team and Spurgeon’s Children’s Centre.

Animal lovers weren’t left out with ferrets and owls on display. Teenagers were invited to join in the basketball shootout activity as well as taking part in the Epping Forest Youth Council games and consultation.

BBQ, teas and cakes and the bar proved popular. Musical entertainment was provided by the local Ukulele Band and families had the opportunity to look around fire engines and board the part bus, part train from Epping Ongar Railway, which was made for the original TV advert for London travel cards.

Bikes were repaired and serviced during a special workshop, plants were on sale, games and a raffle were held as well as a Chocolate Tombola. Epping Forest District Museum provided an informative display themed around World War I in Fyfield and our Arts Team displayed the outcome of their ‘Arts in Windows’ war-themed project.

Epping Forest Youth Council secured funding from the 02 Think Big Fund and also sourced £300 worth of prizes from local businesses for the activities on their stall. This in turn enabled them to raise £106.44, which has been donated to Help for Heroes.

This event was part of the Rural Roots Project to work with rural communities in partnership with local groups from Fyfield. A church service was held on Sunday 10 August, remembering those lost during the War.

 

The Great War ‘Lights Out’ commemoration

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On Monday 4 August 2014 as the day dawned, people across the globe began to remember and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War on 4 August 1914.

That night, at 10pm as a simple mark of respect, Epping Forest District Council joined with people the length and breadth of the UK as part of the #LightsOut campaign by turning off all its lights except for a single lamp placed in a window in the council chamber.

A single lamp shines from the Council Chamber

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We honour and keep the memory alive

Councillor Tony Boyce, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council said: “The Great War stands out as a landmark in our history. It heralded a period of sacrifice and suffering beyond anything most people living today can imagine. Hardly a family or community was left unscathed. It was supposed to be the war to end all wars. Sadly we know that prophesy proved false. It is therefore all the more important that as the last of the Great War generations pass away, we honour and keep the memory of that sacrifice alive and try to learn from it today.”

The lamps are going out all over Europe

Homes and public buildings across the UK made this simple gesture inspired by the famous words attributed to Sir Edward Grey, the British Foreign Secretary in August 1914. After a frenzy of last minute diplomatic activity and false hopes that war could be averted, Sir Edward gazed down from his window in Whitehall on the silent streets of London and was reported to have said: “The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time”.

Events and services of commemoration were held across the district. While the lamp provided by Argus Lighting of Epping shone out from the council chamber, the Chairman of Council, Councillor Tony Boyce was attending a commemoration organised by the Royal British Legion. Vice-Chairman, Councillor Liz Webster was attending another service in Waltham Abbey, while other former chairmen of the council attended similar events across the district.

An exhibition created by staff at Epping Forest District Museum was unveiled at the civic offices in Epping to which local people have donated a number of personal items. The exhibition runs from 4 August to 4 September 2014.

#LightsOut

Find out more at the 14-18 Now website.

 

Lights Out

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Everyone in the UK is invited to take part in Lights Out by turning off their lights on Monday 4 August 2014 from 10pm to 11pm, leaving on a single light or candle for a shared moment of reflection.

People can take part in whatever way they choose, marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War either individually or by attending one of the many events being organised around the country for a collective experience.

Lights Out - Monday 4 August 2014 - 10pm to 11pm

‘The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life-time’

Words spoken by Sir Edward Grey, Foreign Secretary in August 1914, as Britain’s ultimatum to Germany was about to expire.

Councillor Tony Boyce, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council

As Great Britain and the Commonwealth prepares to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War, I am writing to invite everyone in our district to take part in a dramatic nationwide project between 10pm and 11pm on Monday 4 August 2014.

Residents and businesses are asked to turn off their lights for 1 hour and leave a single light or candle burning in one window. This act is a very simple way to mark such a poignant time in the history of the World and remember in the words of John Maxwell Edmonds ‘When you go home, tell them of us and say. For their tomorrow, we gave our today’.

I hope the whole country will shared this moment of reflection. If we all join in this could be one of the most dramatic UK wide events ever organized. The project has been announced as part of an official programme of cultural events marking the Centenary, called 14-18 NOW.

The event will complement a special candlelit vigil at Westminster Abbey and other Centenary events taking place that evening, which will be broadcast by the BBC and a special late night concert at the BBC Proms, featuring a significant new work will also be linked to the ‘Lights Out’ project.

I urge everyone to join in with this project and mark the official commemoration of the Centenary of the First World War.

Yours sincerely
Tony Boyce

Councillor Tony Boyce, Chairman of Council 2014-15

Lights Out

You can find out more about Lights Out at http://www.1418now.org.uk/.

 

‘Community in the Eye of an Artist’ at Lowewood Museum

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A new exhibition entitled ‘Community in the Eye of an Artist’ opens at Lowewood Museum in Hoddesdon on Saturday 14 June.

Community in the eye of an artist poster

The exhibition will be officially opened by Richard Beazley, Vice Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire at 12.30pm. Afterwards, visitors can enjoy a family-friendly afternoon of live music, face painting, crafts, refreshments and more.

‘Community in the Eye of an Artist’ showcases the work of local artists that is inspired by community heritage. A variety of artworks can be seen on display including a spectacular wedding dress made entirely of origami created by Fay Turner.

Members of the public are welcome to visit the Museum that day from 12noon to 4pm and can enter free of charge. Further information is available online at www.broxbourne.gov.uk/lowewoodmuseum or by calling 01992 445596.

Lowewood Museum can also be followed on Twitter @lowewood.