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

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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.

 

Museum on the move

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Staff and volunteers have been busy packing the contents of Epping Forest District Museum as it looks to the future and embarks on an exciting new phase in its history.

Taking the Tudor Panelling down

The museum in Waltham Abbey has secured a £1.65 million Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant for a major development project, ‘The Museum at the Core’. The scheme, which will total £2.5 million, will extend and develop the museum on its existing site, making both the building and the collections more accessible to all.

Closed since November

The museum has been closed since November last year but its outreach work has continued from Lowewood Museum in Hoddesdon and also the library in Waltham Abbey. During this time staff and the museum’s many volunteers have been working on the painstaking task of cataloguing, sorting and packing the Museum’s vast collection.

Items have included artefacts as diverse as a mummified cat, an abbot’s skeleton and artworks by artists connected with the district. One of the most important items in the museum, the Tudor panelling, on a long-term loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum has been carefully moved to a suitable storage area and will be re-displayed in the new museum when it opens.

Everything has had to be packed before being stored securely and in a suitable atmosphere in order to preserve the collection’s precious and often irreplaceable items.

Building specialists are now investigating and recording the historic listed building the museum is located in ahead of building works, which will begin later this year.

Grateful for all the support

Museum Officer Tony O’Connor said:  “This has been a huge task and I am grateful for all the support we have had from our dedicated volunteers.  Without them and the hard work from our staff, we would probably still be packing now!”

 

Structures in Nature exhibition

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An exhibition entitled ‘Structures in Nature’ is on display at Lowewood Museum. Not to be missed, it showcases the work of local ceramic artist, Androulla Theochari.

Structures in Nature poster

Primarily working with porcelain, the inspiration for Androulla’s work is nature’s beauty, capturing the textured qualities and geometric patterns found in trees and other plants.

Specialising in ceramics, Androulla currently works from her studio in Cheshunt. Educated in applied and fine arts, Androulla has previously exhibited at a variety of venues including The Rhodes Arts Centre in Bishop’s Stortford and the University of Hertfordshire. Lowewood Museum is delighted to have Structures in Nature on display until 31 May.

All of the works showcased are available for purchase and some of the proceeds will help support the running of the Museum. To accompany the exhibition, Androulla will be hosting a free workshop for families to take part in ceramic art, which will take place at the Museum on Thursday 29 May, 12 noon to 3pm.

For further information on the exhibition and associated events, call Lowewood Museum on 01992 445596 or visit www.broxbourne.gov.uk/lowewoodmuseum.

 

Easter fun for all the family

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Families are invited to join the fun at Lowewood Museum in Hoddesdon this Easter, where a programme of free events will be on offer.

On Thursday 17 April, local porcelain artist, Androulla Theochari, will be hosting a clay workshop for families between 12noon and 3pm. The workshop is inspired by the museum’s current exhibition ‘Structures in Nature’ which showcases some of Androulla’s finest work. There is no need to book.

The tasty Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday 19 April, between 11am and 4pm. Perfect for chocolate loving families, visitors will follow trails around the Museum before claiming their scrumptious prizes. There is no need to book.

For further information about Lowewood Museum and its programme of events, members of the public can visit the council’s website, www.broxbourne.gov.uk/lowewoodmuseum, call 01992 445596 or email museum.leisure@broxbourne.gov.uk.

 

Response and Rescue: The Making of the Emergency Services

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A regional touring exhibition produced by Epping Forest District Museum and supported by Arts Council England.

From Victorian volunteer fire brigades to today’s dedicated coastguard crews, this exhibition tells the story of the creation and development of the emergency services.  Explore the lives of those working on the front line and discover the history of the life-saving services that we depend upon daily.

With a special emphasis on emergency services in the East of England, Response and Rescue includes an audio tour of collected objects and stories from the region. On display, visitors can see the newly-restored Second World War trailer pump, previously stationed at North Weald Aerodrome, the cell door from the nineteenth century Ongar lock up and a pair of stunning watches presented to the RNLI’s most decorated lifeboatman, Henry Blogg. Fun for everyone, this exhibition is packed full of entertaining games and interactives.

When?

From 28 March until 28 July.

Opening times

  • Monday to Friday – 9.30am to 3.30pm
  • Saturday – 10am to 4pm
  • Sunday – closed

Address

The Time Machine Galleries, the Leisurezone, Second Avenue, Harlow CM20 3DT

For more information please contact Epping Forest District Museum on 01992 716882 or Email: museum@eppingforestdc.gov.uk or go to http://www.science-alive.co.uk

Response and Rescue: The Making of the Emergency Services is the second in a series of touring exhibitions produced by Epping Forest District Museum and funded by Arts Council England. Following its stay at The Time Machine Galleries in Harlow, the exhibition will tour the East of England, first visiting the RNLI Henry Blogg Museum, Norfolk in the summer.

 

Museum tells story of local intolerance

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Come and have a look at an exhibition marking LGBT history month at the civic offices in Epping starting on Tuesday 4 February 2014.

Epping Forest District Museum is telling the districts story of its history of intolerance towards same-sex relationships for the first time to mark the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) history month of February.

The museum holds 2 oblects that can tell us how society's attitudes to same sex relations have changed over the centuries.

With exhibits dating back to the 17th century, the exhibition forms part of a number of initiatives to raise awareness of discrimination towards people based on their sexual orientation.

Researching the content for this exhibition has raised awareness that material reflecting the districts LGBT history is underrepresented in existing museum collections. The museum will be developing projects to actively collect materials in this area to redress the imbalance.

The last 60 years have seen a dramatic shift in attitudes following a number of high profile arrests and trials for homosexual indecency in the 1950’s, including that of the scientist, mathematician and war-time code-breaker Alan Turing, and in 1953 that of Edward Montagu, the 3rd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu.

The legalisation of same-sex marriage from March this year marks the culmination of an intense struggle for gay rights, and in England today lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) citizens have most of the same legal rights as non-LGBT citizens.

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Be a ceramicist workshop at Lowewood Museum

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Lowewood Museum exhibitions and eventsBe a ceramicist, is the first workshop in Lowewood Museum’s programme for young people, taking place on Saturday 18 January 2014.

Come along between 11am and 1pm and make an object out of clay, which will be fired. The workshop is suitable for 11 to 15 year olds.

Places are limited and cost £3 per person, so please book early to avoid disappointment. To book your place, call the museum on 01992 445596. The second part of this workshop takes place on Saturday 15 February 2014. The workshop is repeated on Saturday 20 September and on Saturday 18 October 2014.

For more information, go to www.broxbourne.gov.uk/lowewoodmuseum or call 01992 445596.

 

1950s Fashion: A Decade of Glamour

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Come and see our great new exhibition 1950s Fashion: A Decade of Glamour, on display at Lowewood Museum from 11 January to 15 March 2014.

1950s Fashion exhibition poster, Lowewood Museum

From the dazzling dresses of the Paris couture houses, to the ready-to-wear styles of Marks & Spencer, 1950s Fashion: A Decade of Glamour explores both the everyday and the extraordinary fashions of the 1950s.

Showcasing stunning collections from museums across the East of England, this exhibition examines how the fashions of the stars were first created and then adapted to be worn by the everyday family.

On display you will see a tailor-made Teddy Boy suit, huge swirling skirts and an exquisite evening ball gown. Get creative and design your own dream outfit or style yourself in the fashions themselves with our vintage wardrobe.

Whether you remember the original fifties styles or you are trying to channel your inner ‘Mad Men’, this exhibition is fun for everyone.

Opening times

  • Wednesday to Friday – 10am to 4pm
  • Saturday – 10am to 5pm

Admission is free.

Address

Lowewood Museum, High Street, Hoddesdon, EN11 8BH.

Want to know more?

For more information please email museum.leisure@broxbourne.gov.uk or call 01992 445596.

1950s Fashion: A Decade of Glamour is the first in a series of regional touring exhibitions produced by Epping Forest District Museum and funded by Arts Council England. First launched in Harlow in October 2013, 1950s Fashion is starting its tour of the East of England with Lowewood Museum.