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
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
to draw, but not known where to start? Start here!
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
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
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
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.
Museum says thank you to The National Lottery players
From Monday 3 – Saturday 9 December 2018, Lowewood Museum and Epping Forest District Museum are offering 10% discount in their gift shops to National Lottery players.
The museums are joining hundreds of other participating National Lottery funded visitor attractions across the UK saying thanks to people, who have raised money for good causes by buying a lottery ticket.
The idea is simple: any visitor who presents a National Lottery ticket or scratchcard between Monday 3 and Saturday 9 December gets a 10% discount in the museum’s gift shop.
Lowewood Museum has received £183,700 for exhibition and engagement projects including two First World War Projects commemorating the centenary of the Armistice.
Epping Forest District Museum has received £1,821,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The money paid for the recent redevelopment of the museum as well as a range of projects, enabling community engagement and collections acquisition.
Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said:
“December is a wonderful time to experience the UK’s rich, diverse and exciting heritage, which has been transformed by more than £7.8bn National Lottery funding since 1994. This is a small gesture of thanks and a way of giving something back to the people who buy tickets.”
Terms and Conditions
One National Lottery ticket provides 10% off in the Museum Gift Shop and Refreshment Area.
All National Lottery games qualify for the offer, including tickets from any National Lottery draw based game or National Lottery Scratchcard. Proof of ticket can be paper or digital.
The offer is valid on the days the museum is open between 3 and 9 December. Lowewood Museum is open 10am to 4pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and from 10am to 5pm on Saturday.
Only one ticket can be used per transaction.
The offer is only valid on Museum stock items and not items sold by the Friends of Lowewood Museum.
Staff from Epping Forest District Museum, Waltham Abbey and Lowewood Museum, Hoddesdon attended The National Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey on 11 November 2018, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, having been invited by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
The Department for Digital, Media and Sport asked HLF to nominate people to attend the service, after recognising the huge contribution HLF and its First World War projects have made to the centenary. As a result over 300 people involved with these project across the UK, attended the service on Sunday.
Our HLF Projects
Our centenary projects were made possible by grants totalling £124,000 from HLF, which distributes the heritage share of National Lottery funding, supporting a wide variety of projects across the UK. HLF has invested £97million in 2,200 First World War centenary projects.
The Walter Spradbery, Artist in War and Peace exhibition is on display at Epping Forest District Museum until Saturday 22 December 2018. It focuses on the artist’s time in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the First World War, and the paintings he made for the first Imperial War Museum displays.
Stephen Warner, One Man’s Journey through War was on display at Lowewood Museum from May until September 2018. It explored the First War World through the diaries of Warner, who served with the Royal Army Medical Corps and the Essex Regiment in France and went on to win a Military Cross for bravery.
Broxbourne: We Will Remember Them, focuses on First World War soldiers from the Borough of Broxbourne. People are invited to share their stories, memories, photographs and other artefacts. Pupils from local schools will create embroidered postcards to commemorate the sacrifices given by soldiers. There will be a number of sharing days in the Borough of Broxbourne, through December to February, for people to come and tell their stories. The Broxbourne: We Will Remember Them display will start touring from the end of February 2019.
Lowewood Museum has received a National Lottery grant of £16,140 for Broxbourne: We Will Remember Them, a project to record, share and commemorate the lives of First World War soldiers from Broxbourne.
Volunteers will be recruited to research stories of those who fought, using the Borough’s war memorials, archives and personal collections.
Local sewing groups will come together to create commemorative embroidered postcards, and a number of community sharing days will take place at the Museum for people to share their own stories of ancestors and friends who fought in the First World War.
Through online information, digital records and a touring exhibition, the project will bring local people together to preserve the stories of those who served in the First World War, ensuring their legacy lives on.
“During our special Year of Community the project will bring the community together to share their stories and help remember those of others involved in the First World War.
“This project will add great value to our ongoing work in commemoration of the First World War centenary, recording and sharing the stories of our war heroes.”
Robyn Llewellyn, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund East of England, said:
“The impact of the First World War was far reaching, touching and shaping every corner of the UK and beyond. Thanks to National Lottery Players, Lowewood Museum will work with the community in Broxbourne to explore the continuing legacy of this conflict and broaden our understanding of how it has shaped our modern world.”
Broxbourne Council set up a Commemorative Panel to oversee a programme of events and initiatives between 2014 and 2018. These have included the For The Fallen community performance, screenings of War Horse and Private Peaceful, commemorative heritage plaques to recognise the contribution of Edith Cavell and Admiral Sir Hedworth Meux, the digitalisation of Stephen Warner’s war diaries, commemorative poppies at the Cheshunt Old Pond roundabout, a ‘War and Peace’ poetry competition and the granting of Freedom of Entry to the Royal Anglian Regiment.
The funding has been made possible by money raised from National Lottery players.