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Animal Mummies: Uncovered

Saturday 17 September – Saturday 15 April 2023

Free Entry

Visit the museum to uncover the story of Animal Mummies. Travel back in time through the catacombs of Egypt to find out all about the history of Animal Mummies, how scientists and archaeologists today have uncovered their hidden stories. Find out more about this story through adventure trails, interactive displays and the amazing objects never before seen at Epping Forest District Museum.

Homelessness: The Lived Experience

Saturday 28 January – Saturday 29 April

Highlighting what it is like to experience homelessness this exhibition tells the lived experiences of individuals in the Epping Forest district as well as a historical display of what homelessness might have looked like in the past. The exhibition will include photographs and recorded accounts as well as a community art installation.

Visit the Museum’s Day to Day Gallery to see this new display.

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 abbot, 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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