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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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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.


Writers In The Wood Meets The Friends

Thursday 23 February 2017

Getting Ready For the Start

Lorraine Reading

Last night The Friends of the Museum gathered for an event organised by the Writers in the Wood group, ably assisted by Matt Caro and Maureen Corman. Lorraine Reed, the guiding light of the WITW, started the proceedings with readings of her children’s times-tables poetry, followed by slightly more scatalogical, but extremely amusing, adult works.  Lorraine had a quick quiz for all of us based round the history of Borehamwood, and Brenda Treacher won the Tesco voucher!

Lorraine also managed to get 11 volunteers to stand to slowly reveal the letters of Borehamwood from her poem, although unfortunately they were back to front!

Madge In Full Flow

Lorraine was followed by Emily ‘Madge’ Payne who read some of her poems to us based on her Poetry Princess character.  Madge has written over 300 poems by now and the audience were enthralled at her words and rhyming from the few she read us.

There then followed a few swift drinks and nibbles and a bit of magic from Magic Mike who confounded us all with his card and dictionary mind-reading trick.  Lastly came Steve J Pemberton who read us one of his science fiction stories specially created for the evening. Drawing us all into his alien worlds with his quiet purposeful voice we could see how Steve has produced such a number of cult classics.

Steve in the Twilight Zone

Finally a couple of poetical Friends read out their poems – the aforementioned Brenda with her ode to The Wood, and Joyce Seward read a poem about her long-lost cat.  Joyce won the initial Friends Poetry Award by a cats whisker.

A hugely enjoyable evening for all students of the iambic pentameter and outer space!

The Writers Gathered Together


Teachers Drop In

Friday 10 February 2017

Five teachers from Cowley Hill, Kennilworth and Meryfield schools visited the drop-in event at the Museum, held over three afternoons in February. Teachers had a chance to view the current exhibition and learn about the outreach services that the Museum can provide. The three schools received a free Curriculum Resource Pack, linked to the exhibition From Village To Town: Celebrating A Century of Migration.


Going Down The Village with Vic

Thursday 2 February 2017

Vic Rowntree, author of From Ladbrooke Grove to Borehamwood, gave a presentation on his memories of moving to Borehamwood as a boy in the 1950s. A bygone era of newly built houses on the edge of fields and the countryside beyond, quiet roads in which children could play unattended, and local merchants delivering milk, bread and groceries. The many and varied photographs of the time prompted lots of memories and discussion.

Next meeting: Thursday March 2nd. Topic: Factories


Going Down The Village for Christmas Food

Thursday 8 December 2016

With the festive season in mind the Reminiscence meeting this month was based on Christmas shops, food and restaurants​. As well as an interesting discussion about food eaten at Christmases past, the making and baking of pies and puddings, the thought of looking for silver threepence coins inside a pudding brought back memories. The PowerPoint  presentations showed some of the eateries that were once based in the area and also some of the former shops that sold Christmas food. To complement the session tea, coffee, mince pies were handed out.


A Visit From The Local Pack

Monday 5 December 2016

A group of 16 Guides and Brownies from the 5th Borehamwood pack visited the museum on Wednesday 23rd November in the evening. They were very interested in the museum cash register, handling pre-decimal money and weighing out sweets.  Lynda Marshall and Dave Armitage discussed what we were doing at their age, and illustrated this by the use of photographs. The museum tour was conducted ty Lynda Parkin.


Our Monksmead Friends Visit Us

Friday 25 November 2016

In November two classes from Monksmead School visited the museum. Great fun was had by all using the old-fashioned cash register , handling pre-decimal coins and weighing out 2oz of sweets in Hanson and Maud’s sweetshop.

The children explored the museum and both classes took part in a Curious Curator workshop, handling a range of artefacts including a Bakelite telephone and an Edwardian hot-water bottle.

In another workshop, the Year 2 children used maps and photographs to find out just how much Borehamwood had changed in a 100 years.

The younger children in Year 1 handled and played with a range of old-fashioned toys including a Diabolo and a spinning top.


Haberdasher's Aske's Visit the Museum

Thursday 24 November 2016

A class of 6th form boys from Haberdashers’ Aske’s school visited the museum on Thursday 17th November.

The visit was undertaken as part of their A-level Geography course with the aim of exploring "the developing character of a place local to your school".

As well as the museum tour, the day included interviews with people who live in the area, and a PowerPoint presentation on the changes to Borehamwood since 1940.  After leaving the museum the boys went on the explore the town and see the many changes for themselves.


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