New Board of Trustees for Lowewood

New trustees have been recruited to the Lowewood Museum Trust CIO; the charity established to run Lowewood Museum from 1st April 2021.

The trustees are:

David Dent (Chair)

Bryan Hewitt

Claire Haggerty

Leone (Lee) Rayner

Liz Robertson

Peter Dockar

Siobhan Monaghan

Stephen Harris

Steve Whitlam (Secretary)

Further details of each trustee will be added to the Lowewood website over the next few weeks.

Your Heritage, Your Museum

Lowewood Museum is scheduled re-open this summer and our new Trust Board is keen to forge a new direction for the Museum, reaching out to local communities across the Borough from Waltham Cross to Hoddesdon, Goff’s Oak and along the Lea Valley.

We are planning a three- year project that will develop a series of locally generated projects enabling people celebrate their heritage, past and present, drawing on personal memories, local stories and the Museum’s collections, including our rich collection of historic photographs. 

We are seeking funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to support these locally generated exhibitions and pop -up events, virtual trails etc. as well as to recruit a team of Community Curators to help us redefine the Museum’s displays and develop our website and social media content to share stories and conversations.

We are particularly keen to engage with younger people, people who are socially isolated or have health conditons and reach out to new communities within the Borough.

Would your organisation be interested in participating in this project? If so, we would be keen to hear from you and to invite you to an online workshop on Thursday 6 May. Please contact: museum@lowewoodmuseum.com by Friday 30 April to register your interest.

At this stage we wish to engage with representatives of organisations working in the Borough. Opportunities for individuals to participate in this project will be communicated as the project develops.

Trustees and Volunteers

Plans are coming together for the planned re-opening of Lowewood Museum in accordance with the Government roadmap out of lockdown. If you would like to be part of this next exciting stage of Lowewood Museum’s history then why not consider becoming a volunteer or a trustee.

For a Trustee recruitment pack or for information about volunteering please contact the Chairman of the Trust David Dent at: david.dent503@ntlworld.com

Deadline for Trustee applications:  Friday 12 March 2021

Trustees Wanted

Lowewood Museum in Broxbourne tells the stories of the Borough through its important collections and photographic archive. Following a review of its governance management of the Museum has been transferred from Broxbourne Borough Council to an independent trust – The Lowewood Museum Trust CIO. With support from the Borough Council and a scheduled re-opening in Spring this year we are planning our future activities that will reach out and engage with local communities.

We are seeking to appoint new Trustees to join our Board who can bring experience and skills in business planning, fundraising, financial management, school and further education to help us develop and deliver our aspirations.

The role of Trustee is non-executive, providing a rewarding opportunity to share your expertise and experience to shape our future.

For a recruitment pack please contact the Chairman of the Trust David Dent at: david.dent503@ntlworld.com

Deadline for applications:  Friday 12 March 2021

Volunteers needed

Over the past year Broxbourne Borough Council, the Friends of Lowewood, the Broxbourne Arts Forum, Hertfordshire Association of Museums and others have been working to establish a new charitable trust, the Lowewood Museum Trust CIO which was registered with the Charity Commission in January 2021.

The new trust will take on responsibility for the museum, its collection and services from April 2021, being funded by Broxbourne Borough Council but also able to apply for grants from the Arts Council, National Lottery and other funding bodies. The first Chair of the new Trust is local author and historian David Dent who has been involved with the Friends of Lowewood since its formation.

The Trust has plans for exhibitions and events once the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions are lifted but opening times will be dependent on the number of volunteers available to help. There will be a range of roles and volunteering opportunities and the Museum will be respectful of everyone’s commitments.

If you are able to volunteer, please could you email the Trust on friendsoflowewoodmuseum@gmail.com

Update on new Charitable Trust

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

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 admin@cvsbeh.org.uk.

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

Culture Recovery Fund grant for Lowewood

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.