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Welcome to the Elstree & Borehamwood Museum blog.

This blog is about a few museum items that have caught our attention from events and exhibitions, to new discoveries in the collections, to news and views.

Any comments and items to go here please contact Simon on info@elstree-museum.org.uk

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Back To Childhood

Saturday 20 May 2017

Our next Exhibition, opening in mid July, will be looking at Toys, Games and Gadgets from the 1970's to the present. As part of our research, Ruth Stratton, Helen Stamp, Dave Armitage and John Woolston visited the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green. Originally part of the V&A Museum in South Kensington, the iron structure of the building was re-erected in Bethnal Green in the late 1860's and opened in 1872 by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) . It attracted 1.5 million visitors in its first year. 

The museum team gained some valuable ideas from their visit and were very impressed with the scope of the exhibits - from a 3000 year old Egyptian doll to the electronic games of the 21st century. There was even a rocking horse from the 17th century believed to have been used by a young Charles 1. Impressive indeed and well worth a visit - It's free.

We can't of course compete with the scale and depth of this collection (2 of their display cabinets would fill our little museum) but we hope to bring back some of the memories and thrills that we remember from our younger days.


Our Visit To The Radlett U3A

Friday 12 May 2017

Dave Armitage, our Museum Manager, gave a Presentation on Thursday to the Radlett U3A History Group.  There were 50 members present and said they really enjoyed the talk and PowerPoint on “Shenley In The 1900's”.  By the time he had chatted with everyone at the end of the talk, 2 hours had past.

As the Thanks went : “So very many thanks again for such a wonderful talk delivered with humour and professionalism”. 

NB : The Talk will be given to the Friends on May 24th. Please vist the Friends Page for more details.


Wanted : Heritage Project Co-Ordinator

Friday 5 May 2017

We are looking for a Heritage Project Co-Ordinator for our next Exhibition :  All Change! 150 Years of Rail, From the Past into the Future.

For full details and informatioon on how to apply, please follow this LINK


Our Visit To Summerswood School

Thursday 27 April 2017

This week we visited Year Three pupils at Summerswood, and they learned about the history of their town.  They also dressed up as Victorian children, handled a range of objects, and joined in an interactive presentation given by museum volunteers Dave Armitage, Vania Ermolly, and Lynda Marshall


Going Down The Village is now on YouTube

Monday 24 April 2017

Please check out our new video on YouTube HERE.  It shows our Going Down The Village Reminiscence Group for the over 60s at the last meeting.  Are you there? Hope you can get to the next one!


Generous Cheque From The Co-op

Thursday 20 April 2017

Thanks to the Co-op Local Community Fund, the Museum has received over £1600 for our ongoing work in Elstree & Borehamwood.  The Community Fund is created by members shopping at the Co-op, and 1% of everything they spend on own-brand products and services goes into the Fund.  Dave Armitage, Museum Manager - on the left, received the cheque on Wednesday along with Co-op cake and wine and chocolates. Two other local charities were also beneficiaries.


Going Down The Village For Our Music

Friday 7 April 2017

April’s Reminiscence Meeting was led by a presentation from Simon Gee about the Sixties music scene in Boreham Wood and the local area.  After spending many hours trolling through the Boreham Wood Post, Simon had gathered together all the relevant articles about the venues and musicians who set the scene in that fascinating decade in musical history.  Music clips introduced most slides of the presentation – everything from the Kinks to The Who via Eric Clapton, and local bands such as The Zephyrs and The Max.  The Lynx Club was a special feature of the talk, and many of the future stars who learnt their trade round the clubs had played in Boreham Wood. Afterwards the discussion focussed on where everyone had bought their singles and LPs, and which group was their first ever show. Even Muffin The Mule got into the chat!


Quizzers Gather

Thursday 30 March 2017

Last night three dedicated teams of Quizzers from the Museum came togther for the Rotary Quiz in aid of the Museum’s funds. Mayor Clive Butchin’s charity this year is the Museum so we all showed our support to raise over £500 from the entrance fees and the raffle.  Unfortunately none of our teams won the Quiz – the honours going to the Mayor’s table – funny that!  Even the historical experts on the teams were flummoxed by some of the esoteric questions about cheddar cheese and the Mayflower. 


The Mayors Meet At The Mill

Friday 10 March 2017

Mill Green Mill and Museum is a small museum centered around an old, but still working, mill in very pretty gardens on the edge of Hatfield. They are very busy, with 60 plus volunteers, and 3 full-time and paid staff.

The Mayor of Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council, Clive Butchins, and his wife, Elaine, visited the Mill recently with Dave Armitage, our Museum Manager.  Clive took the opportunity to meet the Mayor of Welwyn-Hatfield, Cllr Pat Mabbott.  Lots of notes were compared, and a promise that they will visit us soon was made.

Elaine said “We enjoyed our visit very much and finished with coffee and scones, which were made from their own milled flour.”


The Industries of Borehamwood

Monday 6 March 2017

On the first Thursday of March 15 of our regulars met for our monthly reminiscence meeting at 96 Shenley Road. The topic was ‘Industry’, and  despite its small size Borehamwood and Elstree had a range of industries which employed thousands of people - many from the town itself. Elliot Automation, Sellotape, Christian Salveson and GEC just some of the industries based in Borehamwood. People shared their memories of working in the town.


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