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.
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Toys Games & Gadgets Is A Hit!
Monday 4 September 2017
Yes, this is our most successful Exhibition yet! Visitor figures since we opened the doors onto your favourite toys have been our best ever for the month of August, and many a month before that. Thanks if you’ve been and played with the toys and games, and if you haven’t there’s still plenty of time yet. See you soon.
The Return Of Pong
Saturday 12 August 2017
After a few teething troubles with our hands-on game of Pong we are back in business! Get down to the Museum to play a few rounds of the game and see if you still have those lightning fast reactions. Bet your kids can beat you! While there have a go on Simon or play a game or two of Pinball.
Everyone Loves Toys Games & Gadgets
Monday 31 July 2017
Dave Armitage with our Award
Dignitaries & Volunteers play games
Our Award-Winning Museum was open late on Monday night so we could all play games – the Volunteers, and our funders. Mayor and Mayoress Eric and Evelyn Silver from the Town Council, and the Deputy Mayor of Hertsmere Cllr Brenda Batten, were spotted playing the games on our two display tables. Along with a goodly selection of Volunteers who were getting acquainted with the toys and games so they can tell you all about them when you pay a visit.
Got bored kids this summer holidays? Bring them in to play on those old toys you still remember. Show them how you wasted your time as a teenager!
L to R : Deputy Mayor Cllr Brenda Batten, Dave Armitage, Mayor Eric Silver, Cllr Clive Butchins, Mayoress Evelyn Silver, Cllr Cynthia Barker playing Pong!
Now We Are Playing!
Thursday 20 July 2017
Our stunning new Exhibition, GAMES, GADGETS & TOYS, is now open ready for you to come in and play with the toys from your childhood! Remember Pong, Game Boy, Simon, and many more. Waiting for you to play and see how good you were. And show your kids what you played with at their age! All Ages Allowed!
Working On Toys, Games & Gadgets
Wednesday 12 July 2017
Here are a couple of shots of the Work-In-Progress for our new Exhibition opening next Tuesday 18th. Dave, in shorts, and team are creating a new space for you to play those games again. Yes, you’d forgotten how good you were at play, and you can show your offspring what you got up to as kids! Can’t wait!
Thursday 25 May 2017
Back To Childhood
Saturday 20 May 2017
Our next Exhibition, opening in mid July, will be looking at Toys, Games and Gadgets from the 1970's to the present. As part of our research, Ruth Stratton, Helen Stamp, Dave Armitage and John Woolston visited the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green. Originally part of the V&A Museum in South Kensington, the iron structure of the building was re-erected in Bethnal Green in the late 1860's and opened in 1872 by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) . It attracted 1.5 million visitors in its first year.
The museum team gained some valuable ideas from their visit and were very impressed with the scope of the exhibits - from a 3000 year old Egyptian doll to the electronic games of the 21st century. There was even a rocking horse from the 17th century believed to have been used by a young Charles 1. Impressive indeed and well worth a visit - It's free.
We can't of course compete with the scale and depth of this collection (2 of their display cabinets would fill our little museum) but we hope to bring back some of the memories and thrills that we remember from our younger days.
The Museum Volunteers Meet Our New Exhibition
Monday 13 February 2017
A couple of weeks ago there was a gathering of the Museum Volunteers and their guests to see and discuss the new Exhibition, From Village To Town. With a few nibbles and a few tinctures they were able to familiarise themselves with the displays to better aid the many visitors to come. Matt Caro, the Exhibition Leader and Designer, thanked everyone for their help, as seen above. And even our photo maestro, Derek Allen, got in one picture :
From Village To Town Official Opening
Wednesday 25 January 2017
On Friday 20 January the Mayors of Hertsmere and Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council, and other dignatories, gathered to open the new Exhibition at the Museum. Dave Armitage, the Museum Manager, gave a short talk about how the Exhibition came about and the work involved. Mayor Pete Rutledge from Hertsmere thanked everyone involved, and Matt Caro, the Exibition Organiser and driving force, spoke about the many interviewees that had come forward to make it such a comprehensive and compelling trip through the formation of modern Borehamwood. Tea and other beverages were enjoyed by all as they toured the new descriptive panels and unique listening posts. We hope to see you all here soon!