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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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Volunteer Debbi Mills
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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Image courtesy of Glynn Wilton
In October we attended the Derbyshire Heritage Awards 2014 at Derby Museum and Art Gallery. It was a great night that was made even better when we were successful in two of the four categories we entered! We came highly commended in the 'Inspiration' category for the new War Gallery and First World War Centenary Event. We're very pleased with how the War Gallery has turned out and we've received some very positive feedback from visitors. The Centenary event was a great success and something we felt was essential in this anniversary year. We began the project at the start of...
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Heritage Lottery Fund
In July we were delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant of £503,600 by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The funding will be used to completely renovate the stable block. The ground floor will include an interactive exhibition space detailing what life was like in the 19th century at Dalby House through the sights, smells and sounds of a Victorian stable. Next door to the exhibition will be a Victorian themed café where visitors to the museum can enjoy refreshments and learn about Victorian food and diet. The first floor will be a brand new learning and community space...
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