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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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.

Our First AGM

Saturday 9 January 2016

Elstree & Borehamwood Museum held its first Annual General Meeting since becoming a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) on 6 January 2016 at the historic Schopwick Place (hosted by Norman and Anne Shuker).

The Trustees were elected:

 Chair of Trustees: Cynthia Barker

Vice Chair: Norman Shuker

Secretary: Elaine Butchins

Trustees: Paul Welsh MBE, Anne Lawrence, Pat Strack and Clive Butchins.

It was proposed that Mary Hanson and Alan Lawrence be made Honorary Patrons.

The re-elected Chair of Trustees, Cynthia Barker, thanked our Museum Manager, Dave Armitage, and the enthusiastic Volunteers for a fantastic year in 2015 and wished them well in 2016.

Dave reported on some of the highlights for 2015 including EastEnders' 30th Anniversary exhibit, and a visit from John Altman who played Nick Cotton, talks on WW1 and WW2, school visits, reminiscence groups, piazza event, Summerswood street party, history walks, teachers’ event, Remembrance parade video, newsletters, talks to WI, Shenley Fellowship and youth guests from Offenburg, outreach sessions and receiving our 10,000th visitor.

Year 2015 also saw the re-launch of “Friends of Elstree and Borehamwood Museum”.  During the “Friends” evenings, there were talks on WW1 from the German perspective and the showing of the DVD Hertfordshire at War.

Volunteers continue to grow, pulling 5600 volunteer hours in 2015.  Ruth Stratton from Hertsmere Borough Council acknowledged the hard work of our volunteers who consistently give up their time in the interest of the museum, our local heritage and community altogether.

We thank Hertsmere Borough Council, Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council, Hertfordshire County Council and the Lottery Fund for their continued support.

Volunteers make it all possible!

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