Greater in Spirit, Larger in Outlook
Saturday 23 September – Friday 22 December
Epping Forest District Museum and Saffron Walden Museum received an Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant to work in partnership on their world culture collections. This work has resulted in a community curated temporary exhibition at Epping Forest District Museum.
The exhibition will run from the 23 September to the 22 December 2023.
The aim of the project is to ensure the museums and their collections reflect their diverse communities by working directly with cultural groups to research different objects and tell their stories.
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.
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.
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.
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.