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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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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.


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 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.

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