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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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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.

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!

From Village To Town

Wednesday 18 January 2017

Now open – our new Exhibition.  From Village To Town – Celebrating A Century Of Migration explores the changes to Boreham Wood since the coming of the railways.  Told through your voices, there are listening posts for each significant decade where you can hear these voices of our interviewees through an appropriate phone receiver.  This all builds up to a facinating timeline of the growth of the area as wave after wave of new people settle in the Village and make it a Town. Curated and developed by Matt Caro, this is a must-see Exhibition, whether you have just moved into the area or your family has farming roots going back a century or more.

The Workers Have Arrived

Wednesday 11 January 2017

Our new Exhibition is on the way! Here we see Ruth and John starting the installation of From Village To Town. What are the phones for?  All will be revealed by the end of the week.  Exhibition opens next Tuesday.

Down The Shops Opens Up

Saturday 30 July 2016

Town Mayor Cllr Clive Butchins and Dave Armitage

Ruth Stratton - Hertsmere Museums Officer, Cllr Clive Butchins, Cllr Pete Rutledge, Dave

Down The Shops is our new Exhibition about Shops and Shopping in the Village in Boreham Wood over the past century, and has been open a couple of weeks now.  It was ‘officially’ launched one evening last week when Dave Armitage, the Museum Manager, and Hertsmere Mayor, Cllr Pete Rutledge, opened the doors to the volunteers and helpers.  The Exhibition is based around the Hanson & Maude sweet shop and café which featured so prominently in the life of the Village.  In fact Mary Hanson, a Museum Trustee, also paid us a visit when we opened.  Come down and share your memories of the shops along Shenley Road.

Mary Hanson in front of the shop

Inside Hansons

Photos by Derek Allen

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