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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.

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More WIP for our Next Exhibition

Friday 24 November 2017

John proudly shows off his new model as we get down to creating our next great extravaganza : ALL CHANGE! The new exhibition starts in the New Year as we celebrate the coming of the railway to Boreham Wood.  And look at what happened next.

New Exhibition Flyer Roars In!

Friday 17 November 2017

High Sheriff of Hertfordshire visits Borehamwood

Friday 17 November 2017

The High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, Will Hobhouse, visited Borehamwood to meet as many volunteers as possible.  His theme this year is “Celebrating Volunteers”, and all the local organisations gathered in All Saints to show him how much volunteers contribute to the work of the town.  The photo shows three of our volunteers getting ready to greet the Sheriff – Alan, Museum Manager Dave, and Helen who created the stall and the boards.

Haberdasher's Second Visit

Friday 17 November 2017

20 boys visited the Museum this week from Haberdasher’s Aske’s Boys School.

They were offered a 30 minute presentation about the changes and development of Borehamwood since 1940. This was followed by interviews with five people brought in by the school and also accompanied by Lynda Marshal, a Museum Volunteer. The five were interviewed about the changes they had seen in their lifetimes. Time was also spent playing with the games inside the Museum.

Museum Team Wins At The Rotary Quiz

Thursday 16 November 2017

Last night’s Rotary Quiz, which raised over £500 for dementia care, was won by the second-string Museum Team B who managed an excellent 91 points.  Due to a last-minute defection the A Team (not pictured!) struggled on a man down to come third – not bad against the other 11 teams, with only 5 players!

New Christmas Cards Now On Sale!

Tuesday 14 November 2017

Our new Christmas Cards are now ready for you! :

Meet us in the foyer of 96 on Sunday 26th November for more Christmas Cards, new Post Cards, Museum Key rings, pens and tote bags. Great local Christmas presents!


Saturday 28 October 2017

Some strange apparitions were found in the Museum yesterday.  Somewhat before Halloween, they claimed they were helping to prepare the next Reminiscence meeting on Thursday 2nd November.  This Going Down The Village is all about Fireworks, Ghosts and Witches – let’s hope they’ve been exorcised before then!

The Friends And Haberdasher's

Sunday 22 October 2017

Elstree and Borehamwood Museum were delighted to host Dr John Wigley of Haberdasher’s Aske’s Boys School, at our Museum Friends event, held on the evening of Wednesday 18th October.

Dr Wigley informed us about the school’s illustrious history, which dates from 1690. Starting with the school’s first two centuries in Hoxton, East London, Dr Wigley explained the school’s foundation by the Haberdasher’s Company and Robert Aske’s bequest.

With the aid of historical and contemporary pictures, Dr Wigley followed the school’s history to its site in Cricklewood, North West London to Elstree, to which it moved in 1961.

Everyone who attended thoroughly enjoyed the talk, and at the end, all of us Friends were most grateful to be invited to the school, for a guided tour in the new year.

Many thanks to Maureen Corman for organising an excellent talk.


Monday 9 October 2017

Dave Armitage was featured on BBC Three Counties Radio last Monday when he was interviewed by Nick Coffer about the Museum and the Toys Games & Gadgets Exhibition.  Well worth a listen, and still available at at about 1 hour 50 minutes in.

October Reminiscences

Friday 6 October 2017

The latest Going Down The Village meeting had a twist because there was no PowerPoint Presentation as usual, but Dave made use of the laminated photos used on the History Walks of the past seven years.  30 images were handed around to be scrutinised and he asked people to tell him things that the group didn't know about each image.

So much debate was had because the photos were so varied, and many people could not even guess the location of some of the places shown. After 40 minutes, Dave took back the photos and found one thing in each image that he didn't think people knew about. This was a lively meeting with plenty of interaction. If fact it ran until nearly 12 noon before finishing. We will use this format again sometime in the future!

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