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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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The Story Of A New Exhibition In Pictures - Part 3

Wednesday 17 January 2018

Work Proceeds Apace :

1. How To Hang Wallpaper – Cut to fit :

2. How To Hang Wallpaper – Paste It :

3. How To Hang Wallpaper – Hang It :

4. How To Hang Wallpaper – Admire It :

This Week’s Star Prize For Hiding goes to Dave Armitage for his two successful attempts :

John Working 1 :

John Working 2 :

John working 3 :

... to be continued ...

The Story Of A New Exhibition In Pictures - Part 2

Tuesday 16 January 2018

The Story Of A New Exhibition In Pictures – Part 2 : Getting Down To The Work :

1. Painting :

2. Measuring :

3. Spirit Levelling :

4. Pointing :

5. Grinning :

6. Pipe Lurking :

7. Hand Warming :

8. Praying :

 ... to be continued ...

The Story Of A New Exhibition In Pictures - Part 1

Monday 15 January 2018

The Story Of A New Exhibition In Pictures - Part 1 : The Project Is Launched :

1. Get Rid Of The Old :

2. Here Come The New Panels :

3. Up The Stairs :

4. Into The Museum :

5. Do They Fit? :

6. Let's Hope So :

7. Looks Like They Do :

8. Let's Start Painting :

9. Get On With It John :

... to be continued ...

All Saints Coffee Morning

Monday 15 January 2018

Saturday morning saw another All Saints Church Coffee Morning, where local organisations (mostly volunteer led) come along to demonstrate what they do. A very good chance to see how many things there are going on, 'down the village'. We were there, following the theme 2017 In Photos, and promoting our new Exhibition All Change!, whilst our highly successful Toys, Games and Gadgets ran in the museum for its last day. We'll miss the sound of 'Pong' and 'Simon' when it is replaced by the sound and smells of steam engines. 

Our Youngest Visitor

Sunday 14 January 2018

Emmeline Frances Warner, aged just four and a half months, visited the Museum last week to see what all the fuss is about!  Here we see her in the arms of volunteer Lynda Marshall while granny Elaine looks on.  Elaine is a Museum Trustee, so all was well, though her daughter and Emmeline’s mum, is behind the camera!  She was just in time for a quick game of pinball too, because our Toys Exhbition has finished and we are now closed for a week.  Look out for our new exciting Exhibition about the coming of the Railways, All Change!

Volunteers Christmas Party!

Friday 15 December 2017

A dedicated band of volunteers gathered at Schopwick House on Monday to have a few sandwiches and tinctures in the spirit of Christmas.  Dave Armitage, the Museum Manager, cut the cake, we all ate far too much, and Derek Allen took the excellent photos.  Thanks to Norman and Ann Shuker for hosting us , and to John Woolston for winning the Quiz based around the Toys and Games Exhibition.  All Change! is our new Exhibition – the story of the railway coming into the area - and we are all fully prepared for this one. Hope to see you there.

See Our Christmas Tree in St Nicholas, Elstree

Sunday 10 December 2017

Here’s our Christmas Tree in St Nicholas in Elstree featuring some unusual decorations. Volunteer Helen Stamp used our unique Greetings Cards to create business card sized views of the area, and the new clapperboard key rings to show off the film industry.  It stood out immediately from all the other trees in the church.  There till Monday – go and see them all. A great way to celebrate Christmas!

Going Down The Village in December

Friday 8 December 2017

In the last Going Down The Village meeting for 2017, Florrie Cowley gave a very interesting talk and presentation on ‘The History of the Church Lads’ and Church Girls’ Brigades.’ Friends and family were recognised in the varied pictures as we shared memories of the brigades in Borehamwood, which were disbanded in 2000.

Were you a cub, a Girl Guide or even a member of the Air Training Corps which met in Manor Way? Well, you’re one of many.

David Armitage remembered his time as a cub clearing rubble from the newly bulit houses in Furzehill Road, for his ‘bob-a-job’, and being rewarded with a refreshingly cool glass of orange squash on a sweltering hot day.

Guides country dancing at a fete; a lad from the Brigade playing his bugle while on a camping trip, only to attract a herd of cows which came running towards him!

Just some of the many memories which we enjoyed.

Next meeting: February 1st. Bring along your memories of Schools’ Sportsday. Egg and spoon and sack races!

Games Night Fun At The Museum!

Wednesday 29 November 2017

A large collection of Gamers gathered last night at the Museum to play as many games as possible in two hours.  From Conkers and Marbles to Table Football and Jenga, Snakes & Ladders to Tiddlywinks, we had so much choice.  Brilliantly laid out by our Events Supremo, Helen Stamp, there was no excuse because the rules were next to each game.  And a help-yourself bar with nibbles was just an added bonus!  All this just because our current Exhibition Toys, Games & Gadgets is such a hit with young and old alike.  Mind you, one table was still playing The Game Of Life when we turned the lights out…

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.

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