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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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youth day
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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roll of honour
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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vol day
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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Work started on site at the museum in April to transform the Old Stables area of the museum into a new Learning and Visitor Centre.  This exciting development at the museum has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and will incorporate an exhibition area, learning and community space, and there will also be a refreshment area run by The Friends of Erewash Museum. The exhibition will tell the story of Dalby House, the museum building, and the people who once lived and worked here.  The Hayloft will serve as a learning suite for delivery of formal and informal education sessions,...
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  At Erewash Museum we are always looking to improve on what we can offer to local schools and to meet therequirements of the new national curriculum. We also feel that hands-on learning is a fantastic way for children to learn about the past. With this in mind we have developed a brand new archaeology loans box which covers prehistoric Britain from the Palaeolithic era right up to the Iron Age, which is an expanse of nearly 900,000 years! The loans box incorporates lots of replica artefacts including flint tools, axe heads, arrows and stone bowls. These replicas are accompanied by...
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Albert Smith's Medals
The First World War medals pictured below (ILKEM: 2013.1/e-h) were awarded to Albert Edwin Smith for his military service during the War. Albert was born in Long Eaton and lived there his entire life. With the outbreak of war in 1914 he volunteered for service and joined the South Notts. Hussars regiment. In 1915 the regiment sailed to Salonika (today known as Thessalonika), Greece, as part of the British Salonika Force. This force was sent at the request of the Greek Prime Minister to assist the Serbian military in their fight against Bulgarian aggression. Albert stayed in Salonika until August 1918 when...
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Heritage Lottery Fund
Erewash Museum already has a brilliant team of volunteers, some who we see regularly and some who can only help us out at special events. They help in all areas of the Museum including working with the artefacts in our collections, assisting with school visits and helping front of house staff on event days. 2015 is an exciting year for the Museum, with the work beginning on the Heritage Lottery funded 'Old Stables at Dalby House' project. The funding for this project has allowed the Museum to recruit a new part-time Volunteer Coordinator, Rebecca Buck, who started just before Christmas. Rebecca...
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The Mayor of Erewash at Dickensian Christmas Event
For the past few weeks we've been getting in the festive spirit in the run up to Christmas with some special events at the Museum. On Friday November 28th we had our Dickensian Christmas evening and then on Saturday December 13th we had our annual Christmas Fayre. The Mayor Of Erewash, Councillor Singh Athwal, with Fagin and our Victorian cook The Dickensian Christmas event was held on the same night that the Christmas lights were switched on in Ilkeston Market Place. It's the second time we've held the event and it was even bigger and better than last year. The Museum...
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Last Supper casting in Erewash Museum collection
This moulded wall plaque (ILKEM: 2012.47) is a depiction of Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper' and was donated to Erewash Museum in 2011. The plaque was produced at Stanton Ironworks and is believed to have been made as part of an apprenticeship. It recently featured on an episode of ITV's 'Dickenson's Real Deal' when Museum Manager Nicola Wood took an assortment of Stanton Ironworks related objects along to the show and spoke about the importance of the role the Ironworks has in the heritage of the local area. It is known that a number of similar wall plaques depicting 'The...
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Debbi Mills
This month we were delighted to welcome a new member to the Erewash Museum team. Debbi Mills has started work as our new Learning and Community Development Officer as part of the Heritage Lottery funded 'Old Stables at Dalby House' project. Debbi will be working to improve upon and expand the education service that we currently offer to local schools as well as developing our community outreach programme over the next three years. In her 3 years as a volunteer Debbi has become an invaluable member of the team and has helped to develop and deliver school visits to the Museum, including the always popular Suffragettes...
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Gavioli Organ
On Saturday October 18th we celebrated Ilkeston's 762 Charter Fair with our very own Charter Fair Event. The day was a great success and we had over 1500 visitors to the Museum. The Gavioli Organ created a great atmosphere in the car park with fairground music and the steam engine was as popular as ever with crowds assembled along High Street to see it leave the Museum at the end of the day. The Ilkeston Fair Association was also in attendance with fantastic displays and objects to tell the history of Ilkeston Fair. A brief history of Ilkeston Charter Fair Henry III...
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Roll of honour
Below is a link to a list of those from Long Eaton and surrounding areas that fought and lost their lives in the First World War. The list has been researched and compiled by local historians Keith Reedman and Peter Fox. For further information please contact either Keith Reedman or Peter Fox. View the Unofficial Roll of Honour [PDF]...
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For the past few weeks local schools have been visiting the museum to learn about the First World War. Kensington Junior's Year 6 classes, Chaucer Infant's Year 2 classes and Years 3 and 4 from St Thomas Catholic Primary School all came and seemed to really enjoy the workshops. The children did a fact finding trail around the museum with plenty of horrible facts about life in the trenches (did you know that the tinned stew the soldiers ate was so disgusting they called it 'dog vomit'?). We also made poppies and wrote postcards from the trenches to loved ones back...
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bronze age axe
This magnificent axe-head was discovered in West Park, Long Eaton in 1968. It dates to the Early Bronze Age period, approximately 2000 BC. An examination of the stone suggests that the axe was made somewhere near Nuneaton. The polished finish shows how skilled the maker must have been. A hole has been drilled at one end to allow a shaft of wood to be attached and used as a handle. The Bronze Age in Britain lasted from roughly 2500 BC to 700 BC and was a period of great change. The production and use of bronze tools and weapons increased dramatically...
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