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.

 

1950s fashion – a decade of glamour

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If you are fascinated by fifties fashion why not come to the Time Machine in Harlow where we are hosting an exhibition of 1950s fashion ‘A Decade of Glamour’.

On display until 6 January 2014 are huge swirling skirts, a tailor-made Teddy Boy suit and an exquisite evening ball gown. Be dazzled by dresses of the Paris couture houses and the ready-to-wear styles of Marks & Spencer.

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.

You can get creative and design your own dream outfit or style yourself in the fashions 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.

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The exhibition was opened by Epping Forest District Council Chairman, Councillor Mary Sartin who said: “The exhibition is excellent and I would thoroughly recommend it. The evening was most enjoyable and indeed did bring back many memories of the era.”

Chair of Harlow Council Councillor Linda Pailing added: “We are delighted to host this exhibition at the Leisure zone. It is lovely to see the fashions of the 50s again – it certainly was a very glamorous time.”

The exhibition is the first in a series of touring exhibitions funded by Arts Council England, touring the East of England, first visiting Lowewood Museum in Broxbourne in January 2014.

Details of exhibition

When – 26 October 2013 to 6 January 2014.

Where – The Time Machine, Harlow Leisure zone, Second Avenue, Harlow, CM20 3DT.

For opening times and admission visit the Time Machine website or telephone 01279 413412 or email info@science-alive.co.uk.

 

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flies from North Weald

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A surprise phone call on the morning of Sunday 15 September from Flight Lieutenant Antony ‘Parky’ Parkinson led to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Spitfire and Hurricane operating from North Weald to perform the commemorative flypast over Westminster marking Battle of Britain Day. The winds at their Coningsby base were out of limits for them to return, and they required temporary hangarage, which The Squadron was able to offer at short notice.

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The Mark IX Spitfire MK356 with Parky on board and Hurricane IIc LF363, flown by Group Captain Johhny Stringer, arrived during the morning for fuel. They departed later for central London, returning after 40 minutes, giving the Airfield Museum a flypast to mark their Reunion and Fun Day. The aircraft will be staying for several days, and are very welcome guests!

It was particularly fitting that the BBMF operated from North Weald on this very day. On 15 September 1945, Douglas Bader and eleven of his Battle of Britain comrades took off from RAF North Weald to lead the 300 aircraft in the first Battle of Britain Day commemorative flypast over London.

The local branch of the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) also took part in a special service at St Andrew’s Church on Sunday. They were accompanied by the Colour Party of 56(R) Squadron and its new Commanding Officer, Wing Commander Middleton.

Afterwards, they returned to the Airfield for a reception in the Hurricane Room of the Control Tower. We took pictures of the Colour Party along with the RAFA colour at the Gate Guardian Hurricane, which is in 56 Squadron markings. This coincided with the return of the BBMF aircraft, and made a fitting tribute on this special day.

Youth council generation games

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Epping Forest Youth Councillors held an afternoon tea party for the residents of Leonard Davis House in North Weald and the Voluntary Action Epping Forest (VAEF) Carers Group.

Guests enjoyed a great afternoon playing Bingo and card games, and decorating cakes. On loan from Epping Forest District Museum was a selection of vintage games including tiddlywinks and shove ha’penny.

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The afternoon tea party was held as part of the Youth Council’s Intergenerational Project. The project aims to break down stereotypical misconceptions and build stronger bridges between generations.

The guests were asked to complete a questionnaire exploring this issue. When asked what young people can learn from the older generation, one guest felt that young people should “be positive in what they want to achieve” and that older people should “be more understanding of the needs and hopes of young people.” 

Youth Councillor Jaymey McIvor said: “We have laid a foundation which soon will bridge the gap between the generations. Today has been a fantastic day for all generations.”

Jina Symes from VAEF said: “The carers have told me they really enjoyed it and were really impressed with, in their words, the young people. I think the afternoon was a great success.”

The Youth Councillors persuaded local businesses such as The Co-operative, Bassett Service Station, North Weald Chemist and Tesco to donate prizes or to contribute towards the catering.

 

Three Billy Goats Gruff visit District Museum

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This Saturday (3rd August) the Three Billy Goats Gruff will be trip-trapping their way to the District Museum in Waltham Abbey for the Family Fun Day!  Come along too and enjoy the puppet show version of this great story, with lots more entertainment for all the family. 

Out in the garden, local artist Georgia Wisbey will be helping you weave a willow herb crown, and if the sun shines we’ll also have sandcastles and shrimping. 

Activities take place between 11am and 4pm, with the puppet show taking place three times during the day at 11.30am, 1pm and 3pm.

Entry is free of charge, but donations are very much appreciated.