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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

Here is a picture of an old telephone ...

...you won't need this to contact us....

More WIP for our Next Exhibition

Friday 24 November 2017

John proudly shows off his new model as we get down to creating our next great extravaganza : ALL CHANGE! The new exhibition starts in the New Year as we celebrate the coming of the railway to Boreham Wood.  And look at what happened next.


New Exhibition Flyer Roars In!

Friday 17 November 2017


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!


Teaser Photos from Game, Gadgets & Toys

Thursday 13 July 2017

Intriguing, eh?!


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!


Coming Soon....

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.


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