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
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
- 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
- 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.”