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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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History Walk Reminder

Saturday 9 June 2018

Don’t forget to put our History Walk on Sunday 1 July in your calendar.  The final event of the Civic Festival fortnight, where else can you get exercise, history, and (hopefully) sunny weather to explore North Borehamwood?  Meeting at 2pm at the Co-Op in Organ Hall Road.  Hope to see you there!

The New Railway Trail

Monday 14 May 2018

A hardy band of walkers and railway enthusiasts joined together on Sunday for the inaugral Rail Trail.  The Trail is part of the 150 Years All Change! Exhibition at the Museum, and the Celebration of the arrival of the railway to the area.

Starting at Allum Hall we had an introduction by the Trail instigator, Bob Redman, and a brief history of the railway and the station by Teddy’s Trails supremo, John Cartledge.  Grabbing our set of photos and our water bottles, we followed John and his megaphone as he took us over Allum Lane to the station.  We visited every platform to see where the original photos were taken, and in the process learnt much about the ever-changing face of what is now one of the busiest stations in the country.

Up Theobald Street to Red Road and Robinson’s Bridge, back round to Allum Lane and up Deacon’s Hill Road via the old brickworks’ clay pits to Woodcock Hill, and the old steam train vents in the fields.  Then we ventured through overgrown woods and mud to stand on the top of the tunnels.  Back down to the station, and we fou0nd we had covered so much ground in 3 to 4 hours.

A great success, and Bob is planning more Trails.  Don’t miss out next time!

Model Railway Heaven!

Tuesday 24 April 2018

Our Model Railway Day at 96 Shenley Road was a huge success with over 150 visitors drawn by the model railway layouts, the traditional toy trains, and the amazing Elstree and Borehamwood Station 1900 model.

Created by Tony De Swarte (above) the accurate representation of our station in 1900 complete with station house, signal box, and the famous tunnels, and including sheep on the top of the hill and the long lost trackway from the brick fields, was the highlight.  Tony also modelled the cattle pen, brick works and tower, and much more.  And running through were the trains of course!

And the many other layouts of different guages and ages were also a big attraction for all ages!

Are You Ready For Model Railway Day Tomorrow?

Friday 20 April 2018

John and Dave get their trains up and running for Model Railway Day tomorrow.  See you there with your train set at 96 Shenley Road!

Friends Meet The Railways

Friday 13 April 2018

Wednesday night was Friends Night, and a ‘sold-out’ event celebrated our current Exhibition of 150 Years of the railway coming to this area.  With a packed second floor of the library, our guest speaker was Bill Davies a retired engine driver on the ‘Bed-Pan Line’ and other parts of the South East.  His talk was literally ‘On and Off The Footplate’ with tales of Dr Beeching, adventures in King’s Cross, the demise of steam, confusing the public, and the occasional near mishap.  A fascinating insight into life behind the driver’s handle, accompanied by many photos for train lovers, and many amusing anecdotes.  We were then treated to a quiz by Tevi Corman based around films and trains, right back to 1903!

Going Down The Village In April

Thursday 12 April 2018

The meeting for April  was based on a look back at Industry in Borehamwood between 1890 - 1990. The presentation included 30 photographs of the local companies now long gone.  Lots of talk about Elliott Automation and John Laing. One of the participants had also worked for Hunting Surveys in the Elstree Way.


Monday 9 April 2018

Do you have a model railway, old or new?

Have a huge set-up, in the loft, on a shelf?

Can you bring it to 96 Shenley Road on Saturday 21st April?

Would you like to play with lots of railways?

Then please let us know by ringing the Museum on 01442.454888

Help us celebrate 150 years of railways in this area.

Bring your children to enjoy the days of steam.

See you there!

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.

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