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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 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!

New Museum Bag Now Ready

Friday 22 September 2017

Fed up with paying for a shopping bag every time you go out?  Now you don’t have to worry about such things.  Just grab one of our new tote bags for only £2 next time you are passing the Museum, and you can fill it with your sandwiches or your take-away anytime.  Folds up when not in use to keep in a pocket, hardwearing and practical, it also shows you support your local Museum!  Helen shows how it’s done :


Friday 15 September 2017

Mary, Alan, Ann and Florrie

Before the recent Town Council meeting on Wednesday, four of the founders of our Museum were given prestigious Community Awards for all their hard work in creating and sustaining the history of Elstree & Borehamwood.  Mary Hanson, Ann and Alan Lawrence, and Florrie Cowley were presented with framed certificates, and the ladies also received bunches of flowers.  Town Mayor Eric Silver thanked them for all their efforts over the years.  At the end of the meeting they were surounded by fellow Museum trustees and volunteers to show their appreciation.

Toys Games & Gadgets Is A Hit!

Monday 4 September 2017

Yes, this is our most successful Exhibition yet!  Visitor figures since we opened the doors onto your favourite toys have been our best ever for the month of August, and many a month before that.  Thanks if you’ve been and played with the toys and games, and if you haven’t there’s still plenty of time yet.  See you soon.

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!

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