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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Wanted : Heritage Project Co-Ordinator
Friday 5 May 2017
We are looking for a Heritage Project Co-Ordinator for our next Exhibition : All Change! 150 Years of Rail, From the Past into the Future.
For full details and informatioon on how to apply, please follow this LINK
The Mayors Meet At The Mill
Friday 10 March 2017
Mill Green Mill and Museum is a small museum centered around an old, but still working, mill in very pretty gardens on the edge of Hatfield. They are very busy, with 60 plus volunteers, and 3 full-time and paid staff.
The Mayor of Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council, Clive Butchins, and his wife, Elaine, visited the Mill recently with Dave Armitage, our Museum Manager. Clive took the opportunity to meet the Mayor of Welwyn-Hatfield, Cllr Pat Mabbott. Lots of notes were compared, and a promise that they will visit us soon was made.
Elaine said “We enjoyed our visit very much and finished with coffee and scones, which were made from their own milled flour.”
Museum Gets A Makeover
Tuesday 15 November 2016
Volunteers spent all day Monday creating a new shopping experience within the Museum. By cleverly removing a few panels here and a wall there, Dave Armitage and his team have made some changes to the display area. The shelves look ready now to fill with those items you love to purchase when out visiting us!
The Scouts Drop in for a Visit
Friday 4 November 2016
On Tuesday 18th of October a group of eighteen Cub-Scouts were welcomed into the museum for an evening visit.
Their trip opened with a tour round the museum to see our current exhibition on Shops and Shopping, ‘Down the Shops.’ This included weighing out sweets using old-fashioned Imperial measurements in ounces and using the clunking till with pre-decimal pounds, shillings and pence (and florins, halfpennies, sixpences and all) – much to their delight!
They then enjoyed a short talk suggested by their leaders regarding historic Childhood in Borehamwood, a talk supplemented with photographs from our collection.
The young people then interviewed a panel of museum Volunteers, asking any questions they liked and on a wide variety of topics.
Special Trustees Meeting
Wednesday 22 June 2016
The Museum Trustees and Volunteers met on Monday to approve the accounts for the last year. Our photos show Chairperson Cynthia Barker and Norman Shuker signing the accounts, and the gathered Museum representatives.
Monksmead School Visits The Museum
Tuesday 21 June 2016
In early June, 30 pupils from Monksmead School visited the Library and the Museum to participate in a series of workshops related to the Museum’s current exhibition, Smile Please!, on the early history of photography. The children had great fun making their own pin-hole camera, exploring local maps, following a Discovery Trail and learning, in an interactive way, how camera film was processed in the past.
Brain Of Borehamwood 2016
Tuesday 17 May 2016
John Cartledge, Teddy, Simon Gee, Mayor Richard Butler
Museum Volunteer, Simon Gee, was presented with a pair of binoculars and the Brain Of Borehamwood Certificate by the Mayor for solving the most clues in the Teddy’s Trails quiz in the last Town Crier. The difficult and cryptic quiz was set by John Cartledge based round clues to be found in his descriptions of local people and places along the 18 Teddy’s Trails on the Town Council’s website. These long walks, named after Teddy who has walked them all, involve a bus ride from the station and then a walk back into Borehamwood from every compass point. There are full descriptions of the history, architecture, and flora and fauna to be found on the way. Although a recent resident of Borehamwood, Simon scored 8 and 2/3 out of ten, and says he learnt all the local history at the Museum!
It All Adds Up
Wednesday 4 May 2016
We are looking for an Accountant to help organise the Museum's finances. If anyone can help or knows of anyone who might be able to, please do get in touch!
The Friends' Newsletter
Tuesday 3 May 2016
The Friends’ Newsletter has just been published and features the dramatic story of the War Birds – three American Air Aces from WW1 and their training and life at Shenley Aerodrome. Visit the Friends page on our website to join and get the Newsletter – it’s only a £5 a year!
Cowley Hill Visit The Museum
Saturday 12 March 2016
This week Year 3 pupils at Cowlley Hill School were given a short presentation on The Changing Face of Borehamwood, followed by a mini-handling session during which children were able to handle and explore a range of artefacts.
A visit to the museum followed and the children took part in a range of workshops, including making their own camera obscura, experiencing a photography dark room, exploring local maps and lots more.
Our photo shows Dave and Vania in discussion with the pupils at the school.