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Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered

25 September – 24 December 2021

Find out what kind of game player you really are with this free exhibition on loan from the V&A’s Museum of Childhood.

This interactive exhibition includes some of the most iconic, enthralling and visually striking games from the V&A’s outstanding national collection of board games, with more than 100 objects from all around the world. Alongside family favourites such as Cluedo and Trivial Pursuit, and traditional games like chess, the exhibition will look at historical board games including ‘The Game of the Goose’ and other beautifully designed games from the 18th and 19th centuries.

With hands on activities and the chance to become part of one big interactive game, come and delight in old favourites, and get your game face on.

To celebrate the opening of Game Plan, a regular, free Thursday Puzzle & Games Club has been launched for all ages at St Martin’s Church Rooms in Ongar and booking will soon be open for a busy half term programme of activities for children and young people.

Our games-inspired half term activities will be listed on our booking website.

Tudor gallery

The Tudor gallery gets its name from the room itself, as this part of the building was built around 1520. Discover what was used to build the walls, see the original beams from the Tudor house and find out why the initials of former residents are over the fireplace.

Treasure gallery

We chose objects we think are particularly special for this gallery. Decisions were made not only on the object, but on its story about the district.

You can see objects like the Tudor panelling and the Waltham Abbey bible which are treasures of international importance and a lopping axe which although, an ordinary object, tells a special local story.

Day to Day gallery

Explore some of the main themes of everyday life, with objects relating to school, work, home life, play and leisure.

There are also many activities to join in with in this room; try your hand at the ‘Shove a Ha’penny’ game, add to our rag rug, or sit and play with our kitchen set.

People gallery

Many important people have connections with the district. The People gallery includes works from painters who used the district as inspiration for their work.

This room also tells you about a number of famous faces with a connection to Epping Forest. Find out who from Ongar was on board the Titanic; where the nursery rhyme ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ came from and which former British Prime Minister was the MP for Epping.

Core gallery

This room allows you to see behind the scenes, giving an insight on how objects are cared for as well as showcasing our costume and art collections.

Some popular items include the skeleton of an abbott, a whipping post used to punish criminals and a medieval ring, found recently in Willingale, that we can display thanks to money raised by members of the public.

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