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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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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.


Hard Work Wins Our Volunteers Major Award!

Sunday 11 June 2017

On Thursday night at Abbott Hall in Stowmarket, part of The Museum of East Anglian Life, our two top Volunteers scooped the 'Collection Champions' Award – part of the 2017 SHARE Volunteer Awards.  Dave Armitage, Museum Manager, and John Woolston, Top Volunteer, received the Award for the Museum Modes team.

DAVE AND OUR AWARD!

In the biggest category with 13 nominations, Elstree & Boreham Wood Museum won for their dedicated weekly work cataloguing the entire collection of artefacts in our possession, and for creating two exhibitions a year in our tiny space.  In contrast The Museum of East Anglian Life covers 75 acres!

It’s a great achievement – well done everyone involved!‚Äč

JOHN SHOWS OUR NEW AWARD!


New Flyer Here Now

Wednesday 31 May 2017

Pop into the Museum and grab our new Flyer for the upcoming year.  All the forthcoming exhibitions and events and meetings and activities we are involved in.  Don’t be left in the dark!


Our AGM Takes Place

Wednesday 31 May 2017

Friday saw the annual AGM of the Museum where the Trustees and Volunteers get an update on recent activities, exhibitions, finances and future projects.  Needless to say everything is running smoothly, and we even made a small profit to carry forwards to next year.  Dave Armitage, the Museum Manager, gave a comprehensive progress report, and a new Trustee, Betty Chandler, was elected to join re-elected Chairperson Cynthia Barker, Secretary Elaine Butchins, and fellow Trustees Norma Shuker (Vice Chair), Ann Lawrence, Pat Strack, Paul Welsh and Clive Butchins.


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