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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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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!

It's Christmas Time!

Sunday 13 December 2015

The volunteers who run our Museum enjoyed their Christmas Party at Shopwyck House courtesy of Norman and Ann Shuker who kindly let everyone meet up for a drink and chat.  Not often the whole crew get together and it was great to catch up and talk about the events of a busy second year at 96. Looking forward to greeting more and more visitors into 2016!

Photos by Derek Allen and Charli Lees

"Nick Cotton" Drops By

Monday 23 November 2015

John Altman, who has played 'Nasty' Nick Cotton in EastEnders since it started, but was killed off this year, visited our popular EastEnders Exhibition - In Our Manor - yesterday with some friends.

Here they are going in :

And after seeing the exhibits :


Happy Birthday!

Tuesday 17 November 2015

This week marks the second anniversary of the opening of the new Elstree and Borehamwood Museum at 96 Shenley Road. It’s been a very busy two years. The Museum has had 10,500 visitors during this time, enjoying a range of temporary exhibitions from 100 Years of the Film Industry to World War I and most recently celebrating EastEnders’ 30th anniversary.

There is something for everyone at the Museum, there is always something new to discover and friendly volunteers to show you around.

In these past two years, the Museum has been involved in different aspects of the community, such as hosting History walks, talks and reaching out to schools and teachers. The ‘Going Down the Village’ free monthly reminiscence group has been hugely popular and offers a chance to share your memories and learn more about Elstree and Borehamwood.

Future exhibition plans include ‘Smile Please’ looking at the importance of Borehamwood in the development of photography and ‘Are you being served?’ charting the changes of shopping in the high street. ‘From village to Town: Celebrating a Century of Migration’, planned for 2017, encourages people to tell us about how they came to live in the area.

Moving to 96 has also provided the chance to modernise, with the permanent installation of two large screens at the rear of the museum, which provide visitors with scenes from films made in Borehamwood and interviews with prominent people in the film industry. If you would like to learn more about volunteering or becoming a Friend of the museum, please visit our website for more details. Thank you for all the support during the last two years and here’s to the next years at 96!

And can you help our photo archive and identify this occasion? And anyone in the photo?



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