The latest Friends of Lowewood Museum newsletter is now online, featuring historical information of the area, a Christmas story and even a challenging quiz.
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 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 email@example.com.
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
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.
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’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.
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.
Have you been to see our exhibition on James Ward?
Did you want to find our more about this fascinating artist’s story?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Come and take part our art workshops at Lowewood Museum. Each month you will be guided by an experienced local artist in a different art form to learn new skills or improve on existing ones. Have fun, relax, learn something new and experiment with a range of materials in the peaceful setting of Lowewood Museum.
Where: Lowewood Museum, High Street, Hoddesdon, EN11 8BH
Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Book at https://eppingforestdc.bookinglive.com/ or call 01992 564226 (Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm)
Saturday 12 October
A fun relaxed session using leaves and natural forms to make your own creative compositions for cushion covers, bags and T-shirts. Printing fabric will be supplied but you’re very welcome to bring your own items.
Drawing for Beginners
Saturday 16 November
Ever wanted to draw, but not known where to start? Start here!
This relaxed, artist-led session will teach you the basic principles of drawing, giving you the confidence and space to develop skills in your own style.
Saturday 7 December
This two-hour printmaking taster session will be taught by a practicing artist who will take you step-by-step through the linocut print making process. This will be a hands-on creative workshop.
Drawing in Charcoal
Saturday 11 January
Spend a relaxing two hours at Lowewood Museum with one of our in-house artists, learning how to use charcoal to create landscape pictures.
Saturday 8 February
Develop new skills and have fun. Explore different ways to create your own animation using collage or drawings, and your smart phone. For inspiration we’ll look at key artists in the history of experimental animation. You don’t have to be able to draw to do this; the aim of the session is to build confidence in your creative skills.
Drawing and Painting with Watercolour Pencils
Saturday 7 March
This artist-led workshop will give you a taste of the joys of using watercolour pencils. Learn simple drawing techniques while expanding your colour repertoire beyond the greys and blacks of pencil and ink. This workshop is for anybody who wants to draw more confidently and have fun with colour.
We are delighted to announce that Lowewood Museum has won the Transformation Award from Hertfordshire Association of Museums at their inaugural awards event.
The award was given for the shop and café area at the Museum. It was recently refurbished as part of the Arts Council England funded No Borders development project, which also involved Epping Forest District Museum and Chelmsford Museum.
Lowewood Museum, which is run by Epping Forest District Council in partnership with Borough of Broxbourne Council, was one of three projects to be short listed for the award.
Museums, Heritage and Culture Manager Tony O’Connor, who attended the award ceremony on Friday, 16 November at North Hertfordshire Museum, Hitchin said, “I was absolutely delighted to receive this award on behalf of the team at Lowewood Museum. It is a great privilege to be able to develop the public offer we provide at Lowewood Museum, helping to make it a vibrant and welcoming attraction for visitors and residents to the Borough of Broxbourne. The funding from Arts Council England through the ‘No Borders’ project has had a huge impact in enhancing our museum offer.”
The new shop and café area has brought new visitors to the Museum, allows space to display a wider range of gifts and books, and provides a great space to host private views for exhibitions and family friendly activities.
Leader of Borough of Broxbourne Council, Mark Mills-Bishop said, “The award is a great achievement for the hard work done in transforming Lowewood Museum as part of the No Borders project. It is testimony to our drive and commitment to making Lowewood Museum the best in Hertfordshire.”
Lowewood Museum is open Wednesday – Friday 10am – 4pm and Saturday 10am – 5pm.