Object Stories: a collection by Museum of Enfield

Dates and times

01 April 2024 - 31 July 2025

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The Museum of Enfield holds roughly 20,000 objects showcasing the culture and heritage of the London Borough of Enfield – from prehistoric tools and Roman archaeology to artwork and industrial history.

We have been awarded funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of their Dynamic Collection programme, allowing us to create greater access to our collection with a new publicly accessible database. The project will bring volunteers and members of the public together to help us catalogue the collection and identify gaps, making it relevant to the borough today.

What does the project involve?

  • Update our cataloguing system from paper cards and spreadsheets to a fully functioning digital system
  • Create an online public platform to access collection information
  • Recruit volunteers to help us catalogue the collection
  • Identify gaps in the collection for contemporary collection
  • Ensure the museum remains relevant to the borough today

Programme - What's On

DISPLAY: Object Stories - a collection by Museum of Enfield

24 April - 13 July


Dugdale Arts Centre (DAC)

As part of our Dynamic Collections project, we are aiming to display as many objects from our collection that have either not been on display for some time or have never been on public display before! The objects you can see in our pop-up display at DAC have been chosen by members of staff and museum volunteers, and showcase just some of the objects in the collection.

This is just one of three we have planned as part of this project - keep an eye out for two major exhibitions coming over the next year!

EVENT: Help us share your stories!

Tuesday 30 April, 5pm - 8pm

FREE (food and drink provided)

Fore Street Library, 109-111 Fore Street, N18 2XF

Would you like to see YOUR object in the Museum of Enfield?

The Museum of Enfield started its community partnership with REACT as part of the Object Stories project.

The Museum’s collection does not have much material relating to the borough’s long-standing working communities, despite their predominance in the borough’s identity. The museum wants to be able to share an existing collection that is representative, preserves, and celebrates these histories. To do so, we are working with REACT to find appropriate ways to engage local people of Edmonton and encourage object donations to the museum.

Come along to our first dedicated drop-in event and help us share your stories. 

We encourage individuals that have items at home they would like to see in the museum collection to bring them over to the event and share their stories with us. We will be presenting the project and explaining the donations process all in a convivial space with food and drinks provided. Your objects could be featured in the new museum exhibition this summer at Dugdale Arts Centre!

Somalis Heritage Event

EVENT: Somali Culture Living Library

Tuesday 07 May, 4pm - 7pm

FREE (food and drink provided)

Edmonton Green Library, 36-44 South Mall, N9 0TN

Come over to Edmonton Green Library for a free event celebrating Somali cultural heritage in the borough!

What's involved?

  • Guess the artefact
  • Take part in craft activities
  • Starting at 4:30 - talks on Somali history in Enfield
  • dancing, music, food and more!