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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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DAVE ON THE RADIO

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   http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05g2g53 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!


Summer Holidays Down The Village

Friday 7 July 2017

On Thursday our Reminiscence Group, Down The Village, held their latest meeting at 96.  There were 18 people in the room, and the theme was Holidays - memorable or nightmarish, an enjoyable or disaster day trip away, even the odd pleasureable weekend break.  A number of people had brought photos of their old holidays, and some from the times they were very young on their trips to Butlins.  We had discussions about the years when people first went abroad, and when they were allowed to go on holiday for the first time on their own with friends. Dave Armitage, Museum Manager, brought his sister and brother-in-law with him, and he showed us some of his holidays - he has been to lots of places!


A Walk Through History

Monday 3 July 2017

The Museum’s annual History Walk was held yesterday on a bright sunny day.  Starting at Stirling Corner we walked through to Woodcock Hill where we discovered the Beacon, the Napoleonic Signal, and the crater from the VE1 that fell on Borehamwood in 1945.  From there we crossed back across Furzehill past the Three Ways Centre and back down via the old RNLI building.  Dave Armitage, Museum Manager, told us many tales of how Boreham Wood was at the start of the last century, and how much the area had changed from farms to houses. Three miles in three hours and much history was absorbed.


Families Day in Meadow Park

Monday 3 July 2017

We were pleased to meet so many of you in our new gazebo at Families Day.  Showing our new Exhibition opening in a couple of weeks – Toys, Games & Gadgets – there was plenty to talk about.  And plenty to reminisce as well. Whether it was memories of playing old board games or doing your Rubik’s Cube, or just good old memories of the Village.  Lot’s of mums and dads and their children agreed to come along and play the games and see our new fun Exhibition.  Thanks to Helen for organising everything, and for all the volunteers who helped. And for once the wind didn’t blow and the sun shone!


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


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