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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Smile Please! : New Discovery Trail

Tuesday 23 February 2016

A Museum Trail is now available for children and families who visit the exhibition.  Please see the attached PDF for more details.

Smile Please! Hands-On Fun!

Friday 19 February 2016

Half term has brought our younger visitors into the Museum to see how photos used to be produced.  Putting on the white coats we provide, they can follow the easy steps to developing and making photographs by moving round the central carousel.  Here Derek Allen, our resident expert, explains how it was done before the digital age.

Smile Please! On The Beach

Thursday 18 February 2016

A family visiting our new Photography Exhibition have their picture taken ‘On The Beach’.  Come and see for yourself how we enjoyed the sunny weather when we were on the beach, and grab a modern selfie!

Smile Please!

Thursday 28 January 2016

Our new Exhibition is now fully open and waiting to see you!  Can you remember how we used to develop photos in the Dark Room Ages?  Of course you may be too young to know about this stuff! If not find out how it all worked only a few years ago in our new Central Carousel,  Follow the process around the Quadrants to end up with a printed photo!  Check out our new descriptive pdf before you come in - click HERE 

Smile Please! W.I.P. Part 2

Tuesday 19 January 2016

Opening at lunchtime!  Our new Exhibition about the history of photography in Borehamwood & Elstree gets finishing touches from Dave, Alan and John :

Sneak preview below!

Smile Please! W.I.P. Part 1

Thursday 14 January 2016

Work gathers pace on the new Exhibition opening next week.  Here our intrepid ‘builders’, Dave, John and Alan, assemble the middle feature and try out the new photo opportunity.  Keep watching this Blog for more updates.

In Our Manor : EastEnders Exhibition

Monday 15 June 2015

Starting on July 14th - our new Exhibition.

Official Hertsmere Press Release is HERE

Future Exhibition

Saturday 30 May 2015

We need your help in creating a future exhibition at the Museum entitled: 'From Village To Town : Celebrating  A Century Of Migration'. We would love to hear your stories of how and when you or your families came to settle in this area. Also do you have any information on the following :

·    Italian families who worked in the Cambi hat factory ?

·    Polish soldiers, stationed in Borehamwood during WW2, who later married local girls and settled in the area ?

·    Vietnamese refugees, living in Rossington Avenue in the 1970s ?

If you can help in any way please contact Vania, Community Learning Officer, via the Museum email on or leave your stories on the Museum's Facebook page (Elstree and Borehamwood Museum).

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