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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

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St Teresa's Primary Visits All Change!

Friday 23 March 2018

We recently had a visit from the Year Three class from St Teresa’s Primary School to see the All Change! Exhibition.

The children had fun involving a range of differing activities, from following a museum trail, dressing up as passengers and railway staff, to exploring local maps and making their own steam powered wind turbines.

“The children had a fantastic time” said Ms K Ayres, the Year Three class teacher.


The Boss Makes The News!

Monday 19 March 2018

Ruth Stratton, our Museum’s Officer, has a great interview in the latest Hertsmere News.  Check it out to discover the details of her job, and the other museums she covers.  And while you’re doing this read about our current, and highly-visited, Exhibition All Change! featuring the railways coming to the area 150 years ago.


Natalia And The New Cards!

Wednesday 7 March 2018

Today’s photo shows Natalia, our new work experience student from Hertswood Academy, behind our new card rack.  At last you can see all our various greetings cards and postcards, old and new, in one place for easy browsing.  Alongside you will find our pens, keyrings, bags and other Museum goodies.  Don’t forget to have a browse when visiting our current Exhibition, All Change!


Generous Donation from Tried & Trusted

Thursday 25 January 2018

Our grateful thanks to the magazine Tried & Trusted for their cheque which we received today. We were discussing plans for Families Day on Saturday June 30th, and we are featuring a steam train running in Meadow Park. So the Stationmaster’s outfit needs to be just right!  Children visiting the new Exhibition, All Change!, will also want to look the part as they drive the engine, so that extra bit of cash from the magazine will come in very handy. Thanks for your generousity, and do come in to see the result of your gift.


Volunteer James is recognised for his blood donations

Wednesday 24 January 2018

The Borehamwood Times today reports that Museum Volunteer James ‘John’ Woolston has received recognition for achieving over 250 blood and platelet donations, having first donated 44 years ago. And on top of that John has only just finished working on the new Exhibition, All Change!, including building the replica steam train cab.

John was recognised alongside 65 other donors, who have collectively saved and improved the lives of up to 24,000 patients, at an event in Hammersmith, London, on January 12. As John said “I was persuaded to become a blood donor fifty years ago when I joined in with some colleagues who went to donate blood. If you are lucky to be fit and healthy it is a very worthwhile thing to do. It is painless and only takes an hour of your time; you should be proud to be a part of it and to be saving people’s lives.”

Well done, John!


New Christmas Cards Now On Sale!

Tuesday 14 November 2017

Our new Christmas Cards are now ready for you! :

Meet us in the foyer of 96 on Sunday 26th November for more Christmas Cards, new Post Cards, Museum Key rings, pens and tote bags. Great local Christmas presents!


STRANGE HAPPENINGS IN THE MUSEUM

Saturday 28 October 2017

Some strange apparitions were found in the Museum yesterday.  Somewhat before Halloween, they claimed they were helping to prepare the next Reminiscence meeting on Thursday 2nd November.  This Going Down The Village is all about Fireworks, Ghosts and Witches – let’s hope they’ve been exorcised before then!


New Museum Bag Now Ready

Friday 22 September 2017

Fed up with paying for a shopping bag every time you go out?  Now you don’t have to worry about such things.  Just grab one of our new tote bags for only £2 next time you are passing the Museum, and you can fill it with your sandwiches or your take-away anytime.  Folds up when not in use to keep in a pocket, hardwearing and practical, it also shows you support your local Museum!  Helen shows how it’s done :


COMMUNITY AWARDS FOR OUR MUSEUM FOUNDERS

Friday 15 September 2017

Mary, Alan, Ann and Florrie

Before the recent Town Council meeting on Wednesday, four of the founders of our Museum were given prestigious Community Awards for all their hard work in creating and sustaining the history of Elstree & Borehamwood.  Mary Hanson, Ann and Alan Lawrence, and Florrie Cowley were presented with framed certificates, and the ladies also received bunches of flowers.  Town Mayor Eric Silver thanked them for all their efforts over the years.  At the end of the meeting they were surounded by fellow Museum trustees and volunteers to show their appreciation.


Hard Work Wins Our Volunteers Major Award!

Sunday 11 June 2017

On Thursday night at Abbott Hall in Stowmarket, part of The Museum of East Anglian Life, our two top Volunteers scooped the 'Collection Champions' Award – part of the 2017 SHARE Volunteer Awards.  Dave Armitage, Museum Manager, and John Woolston, Top Volunteer, received the Award for the Museum Modes team.

DAVE AND OUR AWARD!

In the biggest category with 13 nominations, Elstree & Boreham Wood Museum won for their dedicated weekly work cataloguing the entire collection of artefacts in our possession, and for creating two exhibitions a year in our tiny space.  In contrast The Museum of East Anglian Life covers 75 acres!

It’s a great achievement – well done everyone involved!‚Äč

JOHN SHOWS OUR NEW AWARD!


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