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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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Flower Festival in All Saints

Saturday 24 June 2017

Here is the Museum arrangement for the Flower Festival Coffee Morning in All Saints Church on Monday. You can see all the arrangements from now until Monday before the free coffee morning at 11 am.  We hope as many people as possible can get to see the display because it’s beautiful. So please pop in if you're out shopping.


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!


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.


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!


Generous Cheque From The Co-op

Thursday 20 April 2017

Thanks to the Co-op Local Community Fund, the Museum has received over £1600 for our ongoing work in Elstree & Borehamwood.  The Community Fund is created by members shopping at the Co-op, and 1% of everything they spend on own-brand products and services goes into the Fund.  Dave Armitage, Museum Manager - on the left, received the cheque on Wednesday along with Co-op cake and wine and chocolates. Two other local charities were also beneficiaries.


Going Down The Village For Our Music

Friday 7 April 2017

April’s Reminiscence Meeting was led by a presentation from Simon Gee about the Sixties music scene in Boreham Wood and the local area.  After spending many hours trolling through the Boreham Wood Post, Simon had gathered together all the relevant articles about the venues and musicians who set the scene in that fascinating decade in musical history.  Music clips introduced most slides of the presentation – everything from the Kinks to The Who via Eric Clapton, and local bands such as The Zephyrs and The Max.  The Lynx Club was a special feature of the talk, and many of the future stars who learnt their trade round the clubs had played in Boreham Wood. Afterwards the discussion focussed on where everyone had bought their singles and LPs, and which group was their first ever show. Even Muffin The Mule got into the chat!


Quizzers Gather

Thursday 30 March 2017

Last night three dedicated teams of Quizzers from the Museum came togther for the Rotary Quiz in aid of the Museum’s funds. Mayor Clive Butchin’s charity this year is the Museum so we all showed our support to raise over £500 from the entrance fees and the raffle.  Unfortunately none of our teams won the Quiz – the honours going to the Mayor’s table – funny that!  Even the historical experts on the teams were flummoxed by some of the esoteric questions about cheddar cheese and the Mayflower. 


The Industries of Borehamwood

Monday 6 March 2017

On the first Thursday of March 15 of our regulars met for our monthly reminiscence meeting at 96 Shenley Road. The topic was ‘Industry’, and  despite its small size Borehamwood and Elstree had a range of industries which employed thousands of people - many from the town itself. Elliot Automation, Sellotape, Christian Salveson and GEC just some of the industries based in Borehamwood. People shared their memories of working in the town.


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