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Our fourth blog post celebrating National Volunteer's Week is written by our of our Young Creative Curators John Cosslett who has been working with the collections at the museum since last year. 'I enjoy working as a volunteer at The Erewash Museum because I get to scan photographs and see things like royal visits to the town in the past, and photos of Stanton Ironworks.  I like looking and seeing what it was like to live in the past.  I have always wanted to do this kind of thing since I was a young boy and I would love to have more knowledge...
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We are happy to be supporting National Volunteer's Week which runs until 12th June.  This third blog post focuses on how volunteering can contribute toward career development in our sector. Pursuing a career in museums and heritage can be a daunting task, it can be difficult to find out where to start, what qualifications you need, what different types of work you can do, and how much experience will be required for different job roles.  It's also an extremely rewarding career choice in an ever changing sector and one that attracts people who are inherently passionate about what they do. Whilst the...
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Here at the museum we are busy celebrating National Volunteer's Week by promoting the good work that our volunteers do, raising the profile of volunteering, and saying thank you to the amazing volunteers we have. This second blog post focuses on our brand new Tea Room team led by The Friends of the Museum who are now running our new refreshment area in the Old Stable Block.  Everyone working in here is a volunteer and all profits are being fed back into future museum projects and events.  The new Tea Room has been developed as part of our Heritage Lottery Fund relaunch which...
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  Today is the first day of National Volunteer's Week- here at the museum we have been working hard over the past 18 months to develop our volunteering opportunities and increase our volunteer team.  We now have over 40 active volunteers carrying out a range of projects and activities from event work, helping to document and care for the museum's collections, assisting with school visits and more recently running our brand new tea room for us! During National Volunteer's Week we will have a display in the museum entrance with testimonies from our volunteers.  If you are interested in joining...
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Dementia Awareness Week 15-21 May 2016 This year Erewash Museum is participating in Dementia AwarenessWeek during 15th - 21st May. We feel it is an important opportunity to raiseawareness and support the Alzheimer’s Society in the campaign to get peopletalking about dementia. This year the theme is to encourage people to confront theirworries about dementia by addressing it directly and seeking information andsupport. During the week Erewash Museum will have free booklets availabledetailing how you can get more information or support and if you have time joinus in supporting the Alzheimer’s Society campaign and address your fears andworries directly to dementia...
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Victoria’s successful project ‘Losing lace’ supported by the Arts Council England focussed on the Lace industry in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire and Victoria’s family connection to it. Victoria’s Great Grandfather Thomas Stocks started the lace making business in Jardines factory, Draycott in the early 1900s. The business later merged with Birkin and Company, Nottingham’s largest lace business. She carried out research, visiting old factory sites, gathering artefacts and interviewing people connected to the industry. Victoria produced large vibrant paintings inspired by old lace patterns and a lace installation using artefacts collected during the research. Her aim was to celebrate the success of...
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Here at Erewash Museum we thought it important to mark International Women’s Day (IWD) even though it came at an extremely busy time for us as we are preparing for Old Stables at Dalby House launch. Planning began a few months ago at a staff meeting and we came up with a few ideas and the project evolved and will continue evolving into 2017. As Dalby House was a former residence we asked some of our volunteers to help research the important women associated with the building Erewash Museum occupies. We soon found out that although we have extensive files relating...
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Changing times at Dalby House… From the time it was built until the end of the Second World War, Dalby House had been a private house where women were wives, mothers, daughters or servants of the influential men of the house. Censuses from the time do not list women’s occupations, only those of the men, unless those women are servants. But, as society changed, so did the position and influence of women. The status and use of Dalby House would change forever, as would the influence of women on the property and its uses. In 1946, Dalby House was up for...
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A Victorian Maid at Dalby House Throughout its history as a private family residence, Dalby House would have been looked after by a team of servants. Dalby House was quitea small house compared to some of the stately homes in the country but wouldstill have employed domestic servants such as housemaids, a cook, stableboys, grooms, gardeners etc. Until the twentieth century, domestic service was one of themost common occupations for working women. Girls often became maids as young asten years old. Usually, they would start as a Scullery Maid, doing the worstjobs in the house such as emptying and scrubbing chamber...
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International Women's Day- blog written by our museum volunteer Jeff I was asked to write something about why I, as a man, was supporting International Women’s Day. I found this quite hard to put into words at first, so I had a look at the United Nations web site for some inspiration. The hash tag being used for International Women’s Day is #PledgeForParity. Parity is defined in the dictionary as “equality, as in amount, status, or character.” The motto the United Nations is also using for IWD is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality” Looking at both of...
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International Women’s Day at Erewash Museum Welcome to the first in a series of blog posts celebrating International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is ‘Pledge for Parity’ – celebrating women’s social, political and cultural contributions all over the world but also recognising that, in some parts of the world, progress towards true gender equality has slowed, so action is needed to achieve parity. At Erewash Museum, we feel International Women’s Day is very important. In discussing ways we could do this, we found ourselves comparing the lives and expectations of the women who had lived and worked in our museum building...
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It’s finally here! We are excited to say that The Old Stables Learning and Visitor Centre redevelopment will be open next month! This launch is a culmination of over five years of work by the museum team to secure funding to enable us to restore the original stables, coach house and hayloft and build an extension to improve visitor facilities and provide improved access via a platform lift. During these last few weeks we are busy installing our exhibitions and getting everything ready for our grand opening on Saturday 26th March 2016 Building works included an extension to the hayloft, a...
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Hallam Fields Junior School is one of Erewash Museum’s regular visitors and often takes part in FREE educationworkshops offered at the museum. The school itself has a rich history linked to Stanton Ironworks and the pupils and staff are busy delvinginto the school archives exploring its origins. They want to share what they have found with the local community and have produced a web page https://hallamfieldshistory.wordpress.com/ it is well worth a look. If you are interested in knowing more about Stanton Ironworks why not visit the museums Stanton Ironworks Gallery whichwill give you an insight into its rich industrial heritage and...
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Our Arts Development team are raising awareness of two amazing projects they are running.  Arts At The Heart is a project for isolated older people. If you live by yourself in Kirk Hallam or are not able toget out and about this could be for you. Big Kirk Hallam are working with Erewash Borough Council to provide isolated older people with up to 8 free weekly arts and craft sessions at home and assistance to take part in a free local community arts group too. Our next community arts groups are at Kirk Hallam Community Hall,Kenilworth Drive. Next to the Children's...
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On Friday 9th October we attended the 9th annual Derbyshire Heritage Awards at Cromford Mills and were delighted to come away with the Judges Special Award for our work engaging with the local community!  This award recognises the Museum Roadshow events that have taken place all over the borough of Erewash this Summer and are part of our Heritage Lottery Funded project. The Awards are run by the Derbyshire Museums and Heritage Forum and celebrate all the wonderful work taking place in museums, historic houses and heritage sites across the county. The Awards were funded by the Derbyshire Museums and Heritage...
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Join us for some of our exciting events over the next few months at the museum as we celebrate the Ilkeston Charter Fair, Halloween and the festive season!  Highlights of our programme include our Astronomy Event on Saturday 21st November when we are joined by Ilkeston and District Astronomy Society for an evening of stargazing in the museum grounds!  A lovely event for both seasoned and budding new astronomers! Join us during half term for a week of creepy crafts and games in the museum!  On Friday 30th October The Owl Experience will join us in the museum gardens bringing a range...
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Wednesday 12th August was the United Nations’ International Youth Day. On this day, young people, aged between 15 and 24, get involved in various activities and conferences globally to actively encourage positive contributions to their communities. This was a day too good to miss for the Erewash Museum! Each year there is a different theme for the day. Last year it was Youth and Mental Health whilst this year it was about Civic Engagement - a perfect opportunity for the museum! A group of younger volunteers and museum staff met to create an updated mission statement and youth pledge. The group...
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Our copy of the WWI Roll of Honour has recently been newly restored and framed in the Long Eaton Council Chambers. The old copy of the roll was in a very bad state of repair and the frame was not of conservation grade or quality; this had over time led to the deterioration of the Artwork it contained. The new version of the roll has been produced on high quality conservation grade materials which includes acid-free under mounts and window mounts to separate the panels from the frames. The glazing is exceptional quality; TruVue Museum Glass which is light weight and...
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Erewash Museum are going on tour this summer as part of our Heritage Lottery Fund project!!!  Our Museum Team will be hitting various venues during the school holidays with FREE family activities and information about our exciting HLF project. On Wednesday 5th August join us on Long Eaton Market Place, on 12th August Draycott Park in Draycott, or 26th August West Park Long Eaton. 11am to 2:30pm          ...
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This week (1st-7th June) is National Volunteers Week- a series of events set up to celebrate the impact thatvolunteers have on our community. Here at Erewash we are grateful to have a large group of volunteers giving us their time and expertise so we’re celebrating all their hard work on Saturday 6th June 11am-2pm. This is a chance for us to have a good time and thank our members but it’s also for anyone thinking about volunteering. Come down, meet the team, and see what we have to offer.   Volunteering is a two-way street: our hard working volunteers give their...
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