Museum Activities

 

EPSOM AND EWELL IN THE GREAT WAR

Saturday 10 February

1.pm to 2.30

In 1914 Epsom was a small, self-contained town of 20,000 citizens, Ewell a village of 4,000 inhabitants People went to concerts and the newly invented moving pictures at the Public Hall, were loyal to a bewildering choice of eleven different churches and chapels, played football, cricket and tennis, and belonged to dozens of Clubs, Brotherhoods and Orders. The big family names, such as Glyn or Bridges, no longer owned most of the land; tradesmen were in the majority on the Urban and Rural District Councils. In the new municipal Rosebery Park, children sailed their boats.

 Then came the war. Life would never be the same !

Cost £5 per child per session. Further information is available from David Brooks, Bourne Hall Museum, Spring Street, Ewell. Surrey, KT17 1UF. Tel 0208 394 1734, Email dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

CAVE PAINTING

Thursday 15 February

11am-12.pm & 2pm-3.pm

In the deep time of prehistory early men crawled down into the darkest caves and used light from primitive candles to paint pictures of themselves and the animals they hunted.

They left behind a vivid record of their way of life and some clues of what they believed in. Discover how and why these paintings were created.

Then by flickering light try to create your own cave painting in our very own ‘caves’

Cost £5 per child. Two identical sessions will be run, please book to reserve your place; maximum 16 children.

Contact: David Brooks, Bourne Hall Museum, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 1UF. Tel 020 8394 1734.

Email dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

 

 

Museum Kids Club March 9 1pm to 2.30pm

Myths, Gods and Monsters

 

Think myths, gods and monsters are things of the past? Learn how they pop up everywhere from brand names to days of the week. We look at cosmic turtles, the Norse gods, and the Odyssey, with storytelling and poems from all over the world. You can take part in the popular World Cup of Mythological Monsters and choose the victor of several rounds of monster fights. It’s a fun way to learn about the origins and evolution of legendary dragons, yetis, gorgons, the sphinx, the minotaur and the bunyip, a creature originally from Australian Aboriginal mythology but now part of Australian culture.

£5 per child. Contact: David Brooks, Bourne Hall Museum, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey KT17 1UF Tel 020 8394 1734.

Email dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

 

WALKS

Ewell History walks April 4 10am to 12pm and April 10 1pm to 3pm

Peel back time and discover Ewell’s hidden past and unseen history with a guided walk around the village. A settlement since pre-historic times, Ewell has a rich history concealed beneath the modern village.

Visit Bourne Hall’s sacred lake where Bronze, Iron Age and Roman folk made offerings to ancient gods. Tread in the footsteps of the Romans on Stane Street and hear about their sacred shafts. Discover the village’s Saxon cemetery and its lost church. Relive the terror of exploding gunpowder mills and hear the area’s connections with Saxon Kings, Queen Elizabeth I and William IV. Meet at the entrance to Bourne Hall

£5 per person. Limited to 20 persons Contact: David Brooks, Bourne Hall Museum, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey KT17 1UF Tel 020 8394 1734.

Email dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

 

 

TALKS

Wednesday 3 April 11.00 to 12.30

 Epsom and Ewell history talk on WW2 find out what it was really like! 

The Borough suffered heavily from bombing in World War 2 and from 1940 to 1944, 890 alerts were sounded, 384 people were injured by enemy action and 33 killed. There were more than 200 incidents with 12,234 houses slightly damaged, 413 devastated and 192 destroyed, while thousands of incendiary and anti-personnel bombs were dropped with 440 high explosives, 64 oil and 30 flying bombs falling on the Borough.

£5 per person Contact: David Brooks, Bourne Hall Museum, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey KT17 1UF Tel 020 8394 1734.

Email dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

 Thursday 11 April 2pm to 3.30pm

Roman Ewell History talk

The Romans are coming, building that newfangled thing called a road through the area, and changing a way of life forever. Discover what life was like in Roman Ewell, find out. Discover how people learnt to live with Roman power as a small native village became a busy roadside town. Learn how the building of a road brought a new world of ideas, food, pottery, trade, and strangers to the area and gave locals a chance to see the world. Learn something of their beliefs. Hear tales of the Roman underworld, sacred springs and sacrifices sealing deep sacred shafts full of gifts to the gods. Learn about what was uncovered during a recent dig, even more strange than earlier discoveries!

 £5 per person Contact: David Brooks, Bourne Hall Museum, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey KT17 1UF Tel 020 8394 1734.

Email dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk