Welcome to Lowewood Museum

Lowewood Museum

Welcome to Lowewood Museum, the museum for the Borough of Broxbourne. Located in the market town of Hoddesdon, Lowewood Museum is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 4:30pm.

Entry to the museum and exhibitions is free. A tea room and shop is available during opening hours. The shop sells a number of publications produced by the Friends of Lowewood Museum as well as local history books.

The address of the museum is High Street, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire EN11 8BH. The museum’s phone number is 01992 445596 and our primary email address is info@lowewoodmuseum.org.uk

The museum is run by the Lowewood Museum Trust CIO, a new charitable organisation set up in January 2021 to run the museum on behalf of Broxbourne Borough Council and the local community.

Further information about the history of the museum, its collections, garden and access issues can be found on our About Us page.

The current exhibition at Lowewood is Jubilations and Coronations, an exhibition to align with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. On Saturday 2nd July 2022, Lowewood Museum will celebrate its 40th birthday and there will be an exhibition showcasing some of the rarely seen treasures from the museum’s extensive collection. After that there will be an exhibition celebrating the history of the John Warner School. There will also be a small exhibition to mark the 400th anniversary of Rawdon House.

This website uses a WordPress blog. Down the right hand menu, you can find information on previous exhibitions, events and highlighted items within the collection. This is arranged by date order.

70 Sewn Stories

On Saturday 28th May, come and add your story to 70 Sewn Stories our creative community project! . Bring your jubilee artifacts and stories to share, or pick up one of our tapestry packs to sew your own story from the last 70 years.

Timing: 11-3pm. Admission FREE.

70 Sewn Stories is delivered in partnership with The Gifted.

All contributions will form part of a large multimedia tapestry to be displayed at the Lowewood Museum later in the year. SEE YOU THERE!

70 Sewn Stories is a Platinum Jubilee programme delivered by Lowewood Museum and The Gifted
70 Sewn Stories is a Platinum Jubilee programme delivered by Lowewood Museum and The Gifted

Jubilations and Coronations

To mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Lowewood Museum is hosting an exhibition called Jubilations and Coronations. It draws upon both the museum’s collection and the contributions of the community to display royal celebrations from the past. The exhibition runs from Saturday 30 April to Saturday 18 June. There will be activities for all ages, especially during the jubilee weekend at the beginning of June. The exhibition is on the ground floor. Admission is free.

If you have images or memories of previous jubilee celebrations, please email them to the museum’s Community Engagement Officer at naomi@lowewoodmuseum.org.uk

Jubilations and Coronations - a look back at Royal Celebrations in the Borough of Broxbourne
Jubilations and Coronations – a look back at Royal Celebrations in the Borough of Broxbourne

Do you have a working typewriter that needs a home? The museum is hoping to find a  couple of typewriters which we can use for this exhibition and in future, to be left out as part of the exhibitions and for visitors to use. Please contact the museum with details. It can be of any era it just needs to be in working condition and relatively robust.

Fossil Fun

On Friday 8th April 2022, Lowewood Museum will be holding a Fossil Fun day in partnership with Rockwatch, the UK’s Nationwide Geology Club for Children.

Activities will include:
– Make a Jurassic landscape;
– Have a go at making your own plaster cast fossils;
– Dino hunt around the museum.
– Bring your fossils to have them identified and see other fossils on display! 

Admission is free but donations are appreciated. Lowewood Museum is open between 10am and 4:30pm. The event is on the ground floor so is accessible for those in wheelchairs.

Fossil Fun poster
On Friday 8 April 2022 Lowewood Museum will be hosting a Fossil Fun Day.

Voices from the Voluntary Sector

From Friday 11 March 2022 to Saturday 9 April, Lowewood Museum and the CVS for Broxbourne and East Herts invite you to come along and see the Voices from the Voluntary Sector exhibition. Come and see the untold stories from ordinary people serving the Broxbourne community in many different ways over the last 50 years!

An exhibition by the CVS celebrating Broxbourne's community and voluntary sector
An exhibition by the CVS celebrating Broxbourne’s community and voluntary sector

There are many stories to be told in Broxbourne around the history of the community and charity sector. Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the aim of this project is to research this history and produce an exhibition to celebrate the lives and contributions made to the community by ordinary people. This aspect of local history has never been researched and documented, and we consider it timely to do this now, as many of the older residents who have had a major impact in the community are getting older. We wish to record this aspect of the social history of the area, to share our findings with current residents and ensure this is recorded for future generations.

Learn more from this short trailer film.

Lowewood Museum is open from 10am to 4:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

To mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the Lowewood Museum Trust will be putting on an Exhibition from late April to mid June commemorating Jubilee and Coronation celebrations throughout the Borough over the past 130 years.

The Trust would like to hear the personal recollections of the events which have taken place within living memory in the Borough. If you wish to contribute to the project please drop your recollections in at the Museum at High Street Hoddesdon, or email them to info@lowewoodmuseum.org.uk .Please indicate if you are happy for your memories to be used as part of the display.

The photographs below are just some of the many images within the Lowewood Museum archive.

Coronation Party at Cromwell Avenue in Cheshunt in 1953
Coronation Party at Cromwell Avenue in Cheshunt in 1953
Coronation Street Party in Railway Road, Waltham Cross in June 1953
Coronation Street Party in Railway Road, Waltham Cross in June 1953

Re-opening 2022

After a Christmas and New Year break, Lowewood Museum re-opened on Friday 7th January 2022 and intends to remain open from 10am to 4:30pm every Friday and Saturday going forward.

We are currently recruiting new staff and volunteers and hope to be able to expand our opening hours in future months.

Our next exhibition will be Voices of the Voluntary Sector, a project developed by the CVS for Broxbourne and East Herts recording the history and achievements of the community and voluntary sector in Broxbourne over the past 50 years. The exhibition is scheduled to open on Friday 25th February 2022.

Further details of exhibitions and events will be confirmed in the next week.

We look forward to seeing you at Lowewood Museum in 2022

Lowewood Museum and Face Coverings

With the Government’s move to Plan B to combat the spread of the Coronavirus, all visitors to Lowewood Museum are required to wear a face covering from Friday 10 December, except for when eating/drinking in the tea room or if they have a medical exemption.

You can still be assured of a warm welcome and we hope to see you this Friday and Saturday to enjoy our Christmas exhibition.

Lowewood Museum presents The Borough at Christmas
Lowewood Museum presents The Borough at Christmas

Face masks at Lowewood.

Following the Government’s latest advice, to help slow the spread of the Covid-19 omicron variant, face masks are now mandatory in all shops.

Please wear a mask in the Lowewood Museum shop, unless you are exempt. We encourage you to wear a mask in the rest of the museum, but obviously take it off when enjoying the delicacies of our tea room.

Thank you in advance for your co-operation.