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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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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…

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!

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.

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