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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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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.


Museum Friends Evening Full Of Shenley And Films

Thursday 25 May 2017

The Friends of the Museum met last night for a social evening with wine and nibbles.  First Dave Armitage gave his talk on Life in Shenley in the 1900s complete with photos of the area from the time.  Many comments came from the Friends along the way, and we learnt much about the village at the turn of the century, from the big houses in the area to the WW1 airfield, from the White Horse pub to the Cage. Fascinating stuff.

And after our quick libation and crisps, we were involved in a fiendish film quiz set and delivered by Tevi Corman. Entitled Made In Elstree we answered questions on many of the films that came from this area, their stars and their careers. Somehow Dennis Waterman came into questions on the 1930s but we’ll let that pass.  The winner was awarded a large jar of honey & lemon menthol sweets, so many of us were relieved our answers were wrong!


Coming Soon....

Thursday 25 May 2017


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!


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