Trustees Wanted

Lowewood Museum in Broxbourne tells the stories of the Borough through its important collections and photographic archive. Following a review of its governance management of the Museum has been transferred from Broxbourne Borough Council to an independent trust – The Lowewood Museum Trust CIO. With support from the Borough Council and a scheduled re-opening in Spring this year we are planning our future activities that will reach out and engage with local communities.

We are seeking to appoint new Trustees to join our Board who can bring experience and skills in business planning, fundraising, financial management, school and further education to help us develop and deliver our aspirations.

The role of Trustee is non-executive, providing a rewarding opportunity to share your expertise and experience to shape our future.

For a recruitment pack please contact the Chairman of the Trust David Dent at: david.dent503@ntlworld.com

Deadline for applications:  Friday 12 March 2021

Volunteers needed

Over the past year Broxbourne Borough Council, the Friends of Lowewood, the Broxbourne Arts Forum, Hertfordshire Association of Museums and others have been working to establish a new charitable trust, the Lowewood Museum Trust CIO which was registered with the Charity Commission in January 2021.

The new trust will take on responsibility for the museum, its collection and services from April 2021, being funded by Broxbourne Borough Council but also able to apply for grants from the Arts Council, National Lottery and other funding bodies. The first Chair of the new Trust is local author and historian David Dent who has been involved with the Friends of Lowewood since its formation.

The Trust has plans for exhibitions and events once the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions are lifted but opening times will be dependent on the number of volunteers available to help. There will be a range of roles and volunteering opportunities and the Museum will be respectful of everyone’s commitments.

If you are able to volunteer, please could you email the Trust on friendsoflowewoodmuseum@gmail.com

Update on new Charitable Trust

An application has been made to the Charity Commission for the creation of a new charitable incorporated organisation to take over the delivery of museum and heritage services for the borough of Broxbourne. The intention is for the new trust to be operating by 1st April 2021 but with activities and events to take place in the museum before then, subject to Covid-19 restrictions. The new trust will receive an annual subsidy from Broxbourne Borough Council and will pay a peppercorn rent to the Council use Lowewood House.

Heritage Broxbourne

Heritage Broxbourne is a new Heritage Lottery Funded project in Broxbourne being delivered by the CVS for Broxbourne and East Herts in partnership with Broxbourne Council and Hertford Regional College. Over the next year it will be exploring and recording the history and impact of the Voluntary Sector across the Borough.

How can you get involved?
This is your opportunity to help shape the project. Your help is needed to brainstorm and gather ideas to guide the project. To facilitate this there are the following workshops that will be delivered via Zoom:

Thursday, 12th November 2 – 3.30pm
Friday, 13th November 2 – 3.30pm


If you would like to attend one of these workshops please email Penny at admin@cvsbeh.org.uk.

If you are unable to attend but would like to be involved with the project please let Penny know and she can arrange a mutually convenient time to discuss your ideas and see how you would like to be involved in the project going forward.

Further information on the project was shared at the CVS AGM in October 2020 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_xsFCL6C9A&feature=youtu.be

Culture Recovery Fund grant for Lowewood

Broxbourne Council is delighted to announce that it has been successful in its bid for funding from the Government’s ‘Culture Recovery Fund’ for the Spotlight Theatre and Lowewood Museum

The grants process was administered by the Arts Council and has been designed to protect the nation’s cultural sector from the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Lowewood Museum has received a grant of £50,195 which will be used to fund the setting up of a trust to take over the running of the museum, a part-time curator to manage the collection, temporary exhibitions, and making the museum COVID-19 secure. 

A grant of £133,089 has been awarded to the Spotlight which will be used to prepare it for reopening in 2021 and making the venue COVID-19 secure.

Councillor Siobhan Monaghan, Cabinet Member for Housing and Community Services said ” This is fantastic news! Our submission to the Culture Recovery Fund and the resulting award demonstrates our commitment to the arts in Broxbourne. I am looking forward to welcoming members of the public back to the Spotlight and Lowewood Museum.”

A working group has been meeting since July 2020 and working with the Friends of Lowewood Museum to create a new Museum Trust as a charitable incorporated organisation which will deliver museum and heritage services from April 2021.

D’Arcy Sallion Artwork

Following on from November when local artists from Mannamead Art Group displayed their works inspired by the James Ward collection, we have another local artist displaying his artwork at the museum.

D'arcyD’Arcy Sallion belongs to Hazelwood Art Group, an art group of all abilities that meets in Hoddesdon once a week. Four of D’Arcy’s landscapes will be displayed in the museum café from the 29th January to the 15th February.

D’Arcy graduated from Middlesex University, London, in 1994, having studied graphic design and animation. He then went on to start his own design studio in Soho, London.

He started off painting landscapes as a hobby before he knew it was his calling and he was urged to continue. At first, his paintings were traditional and realistic before he had a clear vision of this unique style he uses today. It is astonishing to view this extreme textual art in person to see the depth and detail of the artwork.

D’Arcy’s texture is very unique as it’s created with mixed media. Using this texture technique allows for many layers of colour within colour. Seeing it in person you can really see the layers of paint and how the texture enhances the landscape.

www.darcyjsallion.com

Come and have a look at this artwork, on display in the museum café. The museum is open Wednesday-Friday 10am-4pm and Saturdays 10am-5pm. Admission is free. This project is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Local artwork on display as part of James Ward project

As part of the project to celebrate 250 years since the birth of James Ward RA, local artists have been creating artworks inspired by Ward’s work, in particular the collection held here at Lowewood.

The first of these, Mannamead Art Group’s work, will be displayed until Saturday 7 December. This local group meets in Hoddesdon once a week and welcomes all from beginners to experienced artists. Thirteen artists from this group are displaying their works, mainly drawing inspiration from James Ward’s animal paintings. The paintings include horses and farm animals to one or two landscape drawings. A total of eighteen artworks in a variety of mediums, from watercolours to pencil drawings are being displayed.

Come and have a look at these local artists’ works, displayed alongside our exhibition on James Ward. The museum is open Wednesday – Friday 10am – 4pm and Saturdays 10am – 5pm. Admission is free.

This project is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

James Ward: The Greatest Animal Painter of his Time

This year marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of local artist James Ward RA. To celebrate, the museum has opened an exhibition highlighting his life and work, with loans from the Tate and Fitzwilliam Museum. The exhibition opened on 21 September 2019 and is on display until 25 January 2020.

The Moment, 1831, James Ward (1769 – 1859). Tate, London 2019. Photo credit:(C) Tate, London 2019

Ward was born on 23 October 1769 in London, the son of a greengrocer and cider merchant. He left school at a young age, before he could read or write and at the age of nine was the only wage earner in his family, washing bottles for 4 shillings a week.

Drawing came naturally to Ward, and by the age of 12 he was an apprentice mezzotint engraver to one of the best, John Raphael Smith. He was later appointed the painter and mezzotint engraver to the Prince of Wales. Ward chose to pursue his painting career, aspiring to be appointed as a member of the Royal Academy, which he finally achieved in 1811 at the age of 42.

Ward made Cheshunt his home for the last 31 years of his life. He had loved the countryside ever since he was a boy, it was so different from the hustle and bustle of London streets. In July 1855 he suffered a stroke that ended his career and died at Roundcroft Cottage in Cheshunt on 16 November 1859.

Portrait of James Ward, engraved by James Ward, c.1835, after John Jackson (1778 – 1831). Presented by Richard Godgrey 1994. Tate, London 2019. Photo credit: (c) Tate, London, 2019

On display in the museum is a selection of Ward’s works loaned by the Tate and Fitzwilliam Museum, as well as a sketchbook demonstrating the breadth of his work. These compliment the museum’s own collection of Ward’s work, on display in Lowewood’s James Ward Gallery.

The museum is open Wednesday – Friday 10am – 4pm and Saturday 10am-5pm. Admission is free.

This project is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.