D’Arcy Sallion Artwork

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'arcyD’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.

Art Workshops for Adults

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

Price: £15

16+ years

Booking essential

Book at https://eppingforestdc.bookinglive.com/ or call 01992 564226 (Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm)


Fabric Printing

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.

Museum says thank you to The National Lottery players

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.

Stephen Warner Diaries, Volume II, April 2016

3Thursday April 11

“today we had a terrible case in the theatre – the patient had half his nose, the whole of his right cheekbone and upper jaw and about 1/3 of his tongue shot away – his right eye and lower jaw were saved to him – we could do little for him except, as it were, to pull him together a bit before sending him to England – this in appearance, was one of the worst cases I have see.”

Sunday April 16

“another poor chap came on the table with both his legs off and a very badly fractured arm. When someone remarked that death would  be a happy release for him, his M.O. said he truly wanted just to get back to England to see his wife – it seemed so pathetic on quite big man at that – he died a day or two later.”

Stephen Warner Diaries, Volume II, March 1916

3Wednesday March 1

“have just returned from a walk along the shore with Evelyn this evening to get a little fresh air and quietness – it is the first I have been able to have for some time”

“Sister Elmsley is still away – she seems to have had a very nasty attack of ‘flu meanwhile Fluffy does her best. I am sorry to say that we have been having quite a number of leg amputations lately”

Monday March 6

“today we completed our six months as a hospital – having opened on September 6th 1915. We have, to date, admitted 4574 patients and 106 officers, we have had 579 operations, 33 leg amputations and 4 arm amputations and 55 deaths”

“there was a case where the F.B. had hit the man in the upper 1/3 of the left thigh passing through between the feanoral vein and artery and making a whole in the former and stopping off the outer coat of the artery thus allowing the thin mines wall to swell out”

Friday March 10

“I dread to think I have  ever tried before that we possess our own cinematograph which is carried about by two men and is taken from ward to ward at nigh time so as to amuse the patients – the pictures are wonderfully good for a small affair and what is also important, they flicker wonderfully little.”

Monday March 13

“Corporal Harbottle has told me that he heard one or two fellows say openly that religion should have no place in this war but as usual religion is a topic almost taboo in general conversation.”

Thursday March 16

“only the other day a lorry of 19 came in wounded in the chest by this means – the metal passed through the spine and paralysed him. He ultimately died reciting the Lord’s Prayer and calling for his mother. – there is nothing more heart wrenching than to see these boys torn and mutilated and suffering so much pain at such an early age.”

Stephen Warner Diaries, Volume II, February 2016

3Saturday February 5

“it is just 5 months to the day since the hospital opened and during this time we have admitted 4073 patients (Tommies sick or wounded and officers). There have been 41 deaths all told and 464 operations”

Tuesday February 15

“the other day at the O.C. we got the months bill for coke – £158! – charged at a rate of about £451 per ton – a scandalous price” 26 –

Wednesday February 23

“had a terrible case the other day – a thigh riddled with gangrene which had to come off high up – so high. That we had to take the tourniquet off and I had to apply pressure while they cut and tied. We found that the gas has gone right up into the groin and his chance of living seems to be very small – indeed it seemed doubtful at the time if we should get him off the table alive”

“it is so difficult ever to get away from the turmoil and bustle or find time to pull yourself together and take stock of things. I do not know how it may be elsewhere but certainly I see little evidence in our camp of this war having brought men back to religion – indeed I understand that some of our fellows openly say that religion must be put in the background while the war is going on.”

Stephen Warner Diaries, Volume II, January 1916



Sunday January 2

“4 French soldiers on horseback clattered past me all wearing this new steel helmet and two of them had lances as well. I rubbed my eyes and wondered whether I was in the 17th or 20th centuries, such strangeness this war brought me.”

Tuesday January 5

“today is a sad day – after having been on the verge of going for some weeks Nurse Harriet has at last really left us and gone to another ward. I am quite sorry – she was always so bright and pleasant and amusing that she did one good.”

Saturday January 29

“I am now trying to induce the O.C. to allow me to apply for a commission – I cannot help feeling that I ought to be doing more really ‘active service’ than I am”

The Borough of Broxbourne and Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation

On 9 September 2015 Queen Elizabeth II claims the title as Britain’s longest reigning monarch, having reigned since the age of 25.

She acceded to the throne in 1952 following the death of her father and has reigned during a time of great change.

Queen Victoria previously held the title of longest reigning monarch.

Below is a gallery of images from the Museum’s collection showing parties held for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation around the Borough of Broxbourne.




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