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 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 next exhibition at Lowewood will be Voices of the Voluntary Sector which records 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. Details of other forthcoming events and exhibitions will be listed below.

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.

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.

The Borough at Christmas

Lowewood Museum presents ‘The Borough at Christmas’. Photographs and memorabilia of past Christmases and festival celebrations. Running from 22 November 2021 until 14 January 2022.

Lowewood Museum is open from 10am to 4:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is free but you do need to pay for the wonderful Christmas gifts in our shop and the festive treats in our tea room. We look forward to seeing you.

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

Job Vacancies at Lowewood Museum

Lowewood Museum are seeking to appoint two energetic and experienced project officers with a track record of success to lead up and deliver the Your Heritage, Your Museum project over the next three years. This programme is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF).

The Your Heritage, Your Museum project focuses on local heritage across the Borough of Broxbourne, positioning Lowewood Museum as a community, cultural and heritage hub through a three- year programme of outreach activity that aims to engage the diverse range of communities from Waltham Cross in the south to Hoddesdon at the northern end of the Borough discovering and celebrating their local heritage. It will be taken forward through development of a series of locally generated exhibitions and pop- up events, virtual trails, way marking for example, from which we aim to recruit a team of ‘Community Curators’ to redefine the Museum galleries to tell local stories, past and present as a dynamic offering, replacing the dated static displays, with greater relevancy to today.

We are looking to recruit two positions:

Museum Project Manager. Full-time (37.5hours per week). £30k per annum.

This is a full- time post and is being offered on a fixed term contract for three years, funded by NLHF, and local partners through the Your Heritage, Your Museum project. The Museum Project Manager will be responsible for managing the project, reporting to the Client Project Group, ensuring the key outcomes agreed with NLHF are successfully delivered.  The Museum Project Manager will be based at Lowewood Museum.

Community Engagement Officer. Part-time (22.5 hours per week). £15k per annum.

This is a part time post and is being offered on a fixed term contract for three years, funded by NLHF, and local partners through the Your Heritage – Your Museum project. Working closely with the Museum Project Manager the post-holder will have a pivotal role in implementing and delivering community outreach activity across the Borough that enables people to explore and celebrate their heritage. The post will be based at Lowewood Museum but will be required to travel throughout the Borough of Broxbourne to work with diverse communities.

Please see links below for

Museum Project Manager – Advert:

Museum Project Manager – Recruitment Pack:

Museum Project Manager – Job Description:

Community Engagement Officer – Advert:

Community Engagement Officer – Recruitment Pack:

Community Engagement Officer – Job Description:

The Lowewood Museum Trust CIO collects and processes personal data relating to job applicants as part of our recruitment process. We are committed to being transparent about how we collect and use that data and to meeting our data protection obligations. Please see below for our privacy notice.

Closing date for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 10 November 2021 addressed to David Dent, Chair of the Lowewood Museum Trust:   office@lowewoodmuseum.org.uk

Interviews will be held at Lowewood Museum in the week commencing 22 November 2021

We look forward to receiving your application.

Upcoming Events at Lowewood – Autumn 2021

On Thursday 28 October 2021 Lowewood Museum will be hosting a Model Railway Day in conjunction with the Hoddesdon Model and Railway Club. The event will run from 10am to 4pm. All are welcome

Model Railway Day at Lowewood Museum on Thursday 28 October 2021
Model Railway Day at Lowewood Museum on Thursday 28 October 2021

On Saturday 13 November 2021 Lowewood will be hosting a Family History Day with the Lea Valley U3A Family History Group. They will help visitors research their family history with a particular focus on accessing wartime and military service records. This event will run from 10am to 4pm, with a helpdesk available from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.

Lowewood Museum Family History Day on Saturday 13 November 2021.
Lowewood Museum Family History Day on Saturday 13 November 2021.

We look forward to seeing you at these events, both of which are free to attend.

Our Tankards, Tales and Taverns exhibition will continue until 6 November. This will be followed by a Christmas-themed exhibition – more details to come.

Tankards, Tales and Taverns Poster
Tankards, Tales and Taverns Poster

Audience Research: Freelance Opporunity

Thanks to the support of the Art Fund, Arts Council England, and SHARE Museums East, Lowewood Museum Trust CIO is recruiting a freelancer/consultant/team to carry out a piece of research aimed at better understanding our audiences, and the steps the Board may take to develop our audiences. This piece of work will support us in achieving the Museum’s vision, enable strategic planning and future fundraising, and shape an inclusive future programme.

Further information on what is required can be found at the link below:

Tenders are to be submitted via email no later than 17.00 on 1st November 2021 to David Dent, Chairman, Lowewood Museum Trust CIO: info@lowewoodmuseum.org.uk

Lowewood Museum receives National Lottery Heritage Fund grant.

PRESS RELEASE

Lowewood Museum Trust CIO is awarded a £228,800 grant by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to focus on community heritage.

Lowewood Museum Trust CIO has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £228,800 for an exciting heritage project entitled Your Heritage, Your Museum which will work with diverse communities throughout the Borough of Broxbourne in Hertfordshire. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the three year project seeks to expand the Museum’s engagement beyond its traditional audience by working with community groups throughout the Borough to capture their local stories, past and present.

Supported through The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the ‘Your Heritage, Your Museum’ programme will recruit community curators through a series of outreach activities, pop up events and locally generated exhibitions. They will help redefine and refresh the Museum galleries to tell local stories, past and present, replacing the dated static displays alongside an enhanced virtual presence and digital engagement. This approach will draw upon Lowewood Museum’s extensive photographic collection to reinforce local identity and sense of place.

Audiences with whom the museum are keen to develop stronger relationships include younger people, socially isolated older adults and those with mental health needs through work with NHS social prescribers. Other strands to the project include the development of the museum’s gardens to enhance biodiversity and the redevelopment of the museum’s website. Two staff will shortly be recruited to manage the programme.

In addition to the considerable financial support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, there has been funding for the programme from Broxbourne Borough Council, Hertfordshire County Council locality budgets and the Love Hoddesdon Business Improvement District. The project is also endorsed by many community partners including the U3A, Broxbourne Arts Forum, the CVS for Broxbourne and East Herts, the Broxbourne Alliance NHS Primary Care Network and the Wormley and Turnford Big Local.

Commenting on the award, Steve Whitlam, (Lowewood Museum CIO trustee) said: “We are thrilled to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players. The Trust has an ambition for the museum to engage with a broader range of residents from throughout the Borough of Broxbourne and this funding will enable this vision to be realised.”

Notes to editors

About Lowewood Museum Trust CIO

Lowewood Museum Trust CIO was formed in late 2020 to take responsibility for delivering museum and cultural services at Lowewood Museum in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire. It was registered with the Charities Commission in January 2021. The Trust operates the museum under a five year rolling service level agreement with Broxbourne Borough Council and has a twenty five year lease on Lowewood House. Chaired by David Dent, the Trust Board includes representatives from the Friends of Lowewood Museum, Broxbourne Borough Council, Love Hoddesdon BID and the Broxbourne Arts Forum, with other trustees providing experience in national museums and volunteering in the arts and cultural sectors.

Follow Lowewood Museum Trust on Twitter @Lowewood and Facebook @LowewoodMuseum or online at www.lowewoodmuseum.com

About The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Using money raised by the National Lottery, we Inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future. www.heritagefund.org.uk.

Follow @HeritageFundUK on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #NationalLotteryHeritageFund 

Since The National Lottery began in 1994, National Lottery players have raised over £43 billion for projects and more than 635,000 grants have been awarded across the UK.

Further information

For further information, images and interviews please contact Steve Whitlam at the Lowewood Museum Trust CIO on 01992 785555 x5909 or museum@lowewoodmuseum.com