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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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
Photos by Derek Allen
Almost There - Down The Shops WIP Part 2
Monday 4 July 2016
Opening tomorrow - our new temporary Exhibition, Down The Shops, is nearly ready. Our stalwart craftsmen and engineers put the finishing touches to our fascinating history of the shops of Borehamwood. Hope you can visit next time you are out shopping!
Down The Shops Work-In-Progress
Thursday 16 June 2016
Work on our new Exhibition opening on Tuesday July 5th is progressing well. Yes, we make all our own exhibits! Actually we are recreating a well-known Village shopfront, amongst many other original onjects from the period. Hope we’ll see you there.
Help Our Shopping!
Friday 25 March 2016
Can you help? Our next exhibition, due to open on 5th July, looks at the changing face of shops in Borehamwood. We hope it will be a trip down memory lane as well as showing just how much the shopping experience has changed.
What we need help with is carrier bags - if you have any stashed away with shop names on them which have either long gone or, in the recent carrier bag revolution, no longer produced. Also, do you have any photos of shops which are no longer here or any particular purchases you would like to share with the community? Please do get in touch. 01442 454888. We would love to hear from you.
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!
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