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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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The Return Of Pong

Saturday 12 August 2017

After a few teething troubles with our hands-on game of Pong we are back in business!  Get down to the Museum to play a few rounds of the game and see if you still have those lightning fast reactions.  Bet your kids can beat you!  While there have a go on Simon or play a game or two of Pinball.


Down The Village On Your Bike

Saturday 12 August 2017

Our recent Going Down The Village reminiscence meeting brought back our memories of the first forms of transport we used.  Usually we all started with a bicycle and progressed upwards. So people brought in photos of their first cars and some even showed the whole range of cars they owned.  Dave Armitage showed a PowerPoint of images of the vehicles owned over the years by both himself and Brenda Treacher.  Much amusement was derived from these old cars!


Everyone Loves Toys Games & Gadgets

Monday 31 July 2017

Dave Armitage with our Award

Dignitaries & Volunteers play games

Our Award-Winning Museum was open late on Monday night so we could all play games – the Volunteers, and our funders.  Mayor and Mayoress Eric and Evelyn Silver from the Town Council, and the Deputy Mayor of Hertsmere Cllr Brenda Batten, were spotted playing the games on our two display tables. Along with a goodly selection of Volunteers who were getting acquainted with the toys and games so they can tell you all about them when you pay a visit.

Got bored kids this summer holidays? Bring them in to play on those old toys you still remember.  Show them how you wasted your time as a teenager!

L to R : Deputy Mayor Cllr Brenda Batten, Dave Armitage, Mayor Eric Silver, Cllr Clive Butchins, Mayoress Evelyn Silver, Cllr Cynthia Barker playing Pong!


Now We Are Playing!

Thursday 20 July 2017

Our stunning new Exhibition, GAMES, GADGETS & TOYS, is now open ready for you to come in and play with the toys from your childhood!  Remember Pong, Game Boy, Simon, and many more.  Waiting for you to play and see how good you were.  And show your kids what you played with at their age! All Ages Allowed!


Teaser Photos from Game, Gadgets & Toys

Thursday 13 July 2017

Intriguing, eh?!


Working On Toys, Games & Gadgets

Wednesday 12 July 2017

Here are a couple of shots of the Work-In-Progress for our new Exhibition opening next Tuesday 18th.  Dave, in shorts, and team are creating a new space for you to play those games again. Yes, you’d forgotten how good you were at play, and you can show your offspring what you got up to as kids!  Can’t wait!


Summer Holidays Down The Village

Friday 7 July 2017

On Thursday our Reminiscence Group, Down The Village, held their latest meeting at 96.  There were 18 people in the room, and the theme was Holidays - memorable or nightmarish, an enjoyable or disaster day trip away, even the odd pleasureable weekend break.  A number of people had brought photos of their old holidays, and some from the times they were very young on their trips to Butlins.  We had discussions about the years when people first went abroad, and when they were allowed to go on holiday for the first time on their own with friends. Dave Armitage, Museum Manager, brought his sister and brother-in-law with him, and he showed us some of his holidays - he has been to lots of places!


A Walk Through History

Monday 3 July 2017

The Museum’s annual History Walk was held yesterday on a bright sunny day.  Starting at Stirling Corner we walked through to Woodcock Hill where we discovered the Beacon, the Napoleonic Signal, and the crater from the VE1 that fell on Borehamwood in 1945.  From there we crossed back across Furzehill past the Three Ways Centre and back down via the old RNLI building.  Dave Armitage, Museum Manager, told us many tales of how Boreham Wood was at the start of the last century, and how much the area had changed from farms to houses. Three miles in three hours and much history was absorbed.


Families Day in Meadow Park

Monday 3 July 2017

We were pleased to meet so many of you in our new gazebo at Families Day.  Showing our new Exhibition opening in a couple of weeks – Toys, Games & Gadgets – there was plenty to talk about.  And plenty to reminisce as well. Whether it was memories of playing old board games or doing your Rubik’s Cube, or just good old memories of the Village.  Lot’s of mums and dads and their children agreed to come along and play the games and see our new fun Exhibition.  Thanks to Helen for organising everything, and for all the volunteers who helped. And for once the wind didn’t blow and the sun shone!


Flower Festival in All Saints

Saturday 24 June 2017

Here is the Museum arrangement for the Flower Festival Coffee Morning in All Saints Church on Monday. You can see all the arrangements from now until Monday before the free coffee morning at 11 am.  We hope as many people as possible can get to see the display because it’s beautiful. So please pop in if you're out shopping.


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