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Art Gallery:Your History at Epping Forest District Museum

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Art Gallery, free entry


Epping Forest District Museum

Epping Forest District Museum


39-41 Sun Street,
Waltham Abbey,


Following a 12-month development programme, the new display picks up the history of the area at the start of the 18th Century and follows it through to the end of the 20th Century.

By focussing on the themes of Work, Home Life and Shopping, it reflects the changes in the District and the lives of its residents over the last 300 years. Here visitors are able to explore the story of the Cottis Iron Foundry in Epping and Catalin's in Waltham Abbey, which manufactured resins and plastics. The gallery also celebrates the importance of the local dairy industry, which produced 'Epping Butter' praised in the Victorian Mrs Beeton's 'Book of Household Management'.

Among the artefacts featured in the new gallery are a selection of familiar, or maybe not-so-familiar, domestic items, tools used in local industries and the original poster for the opening concert of Lopping Hall, Loughton. The section looking at the changes which have taken place in home life over the last two hundred years, features a variety of stoves and a stylish 1950's 'Home Maker' dinner service alongside a 'Washing Dolly' and a 'Baby Burco'.

The gallery also includes a permanent costume exhibit, giving the Museum the opportunity to showcase this delicate and fascinating collection. The first display, which will be on show until April 2011, features a variety of outfits charting the changes to women and men's clothing from the 1860's to the 1960's.

The gallery features a number of new features for younger visitors. Including replica Victorian costumes to try on, and a replica Victorian stove and tea set where children can prepare their own Victorian tea.

The new gallery is on the first floor of the Museum and the displays will change regularly.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for educational visitsGift shopPicnic sitePublic toiletsWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Wheelchair access throughout.

Opening details

Sunday 2pm -5pm (May to September).


Free entry



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Map reference: TL 383005  Lat: 51.68663 Long: -0.00022

Directions to Epping Forest District Museum
39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 1EL
01992 716882

From M25
-Leave the M25 at Junction 26
-If you have been travelling clockwise take the first left at the roundabout on the exit slip road up Honey Lane (Marriot Hotel on your right)
-If you have been travelling anti clockwise, take the third exit (back under the M25) at the first roundabout off the exit slip, then take the second exit at the next roundabout (straight on) up Honey Lane (Marriot Hotel on your right)
-At the end of Honey Lane, turn left at the mini roundabout (Green Man Pub opposite) in to Farm Hill Road
-At the lights at the end of Farm Hill Road (BP Garage on your left), turn right
-Make sure to be in the left hand lane as you turn in to Crooked Mile to get in the left filter lane at the next set of lights
-Turn left at the lights (New Inn Pub in front of you) and follow the road round to the left into Quaker Lane
-Take the first right into the entrance to Quaker Lane Car Park


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality

Wheelchair access throughout.