Lowewood Museum Trust CIO – Annual General Meeting

The first Annual General Meeting of the Lowewood Museum Trust CIO will be held on Wednesday 21 September 2022 at the museum. Doors will open at 6:45pm for a 7pm start.

Please keep an eye on the website for copies of the Trust’s Annual Report for the year 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022.

If you would like to attend the AGM, please contact the Trust’s Secretary Steve Whitlam on steve.whitlam@broxbourne.gov.uk by Thursday 16 September so that the Trust can plan for catering and seating arrangements.

Community Engagement Officer

Lowewood Museum Trust CIO are seeking to appoint an energetic and experienced project officer with a track record of success to help deliver the Your Heritage,  Your Museum project’; a three year project due to conclude in March 2025.  

This is a part time post and is being offered on a fixed term contract to 31 March 2025, although with the possibility of extension. It is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) and local partners through the Your Heritage – Your Museum project. Working closely with the Museum Project Manager you 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 Your Heritage, Your Museum project focuses on local heritage across the Borough, positioning the 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.

Please see below Job description and recruitment pack for details of how to apply.

Closing date for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 24 August 2022

Interviews will be held at Lowewood Museum in the week commencing 12 September 2022

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Friends of Lowewood publications

Lowewood Museum’s shop currently sells the following publications produced by the Friends of Lowewood Museum:

‘Lowewood’

‘The Rawdon Family’

‘The Warner Family’

‘The Star’

‘The Hoddesdon Brewery’

‘The Story of Hoddesdon’s Inns & Pubs’

‘The Railway History of Broxbourne Borough’

‘The Grange’

‘A Little Learning’

‘From Easter Jones’ to St Catherine’s’

‘Tankards, Tales & Taverns’

Future publications include:

‘Rawdon House’

‘Broxbourne’s Admirals’

‘William and Sarah Ellis of Rosehill.’

The museum shop also sells ‘Robert Barclay and Barclay Park’ produced by the Friends of Barclay Park.

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 2 July. 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