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BBC Three Counties’ Treasure Quest ended up in our new Exhibition yesterday, and because we were the final answer Danny only just made it before midday. Here he is at 11.55 am in the lift with Elaine who was the ‘Treasure’ when he got to us on the top floor. Didn’t take long for him to try on one of the Beatle wigs and mustaches and play the guitar on the Lynx stage. Not sure why he didn’t wear a Sgt Pepper costume. You can if you come down to Good Vibrations.
Museum volunteers dressed up in their best 60s gear on Friday night to celebrate the Launch of our new Exhibition Good Vibrations – A Look Back At The 60s. From Hippy Matt, via Mary Quant Helen to three odd-looking Sergeant Peppers Dave, Rodney and John, to Ruth’s immaculate 60s dress the Exhibition was truly opened. Later joined by two local, but world-class musicians, Alan Warner and Alan Skidmore, the 60s were celebrated in style. Get on down to 96 Shenley Road to see if you remember the 60s as well!
Sneak preview as the panels arrive early!
Some quick snaps to show our progress :
Dave & John Take To The Stage
Dave's In The Hood
John & Mannequin Stare At Wall
Helen Tries Those 60s Boots
The old Exhibition is stripped out and we get down to rewiring, repainting, and redesigning.
Dave & John hoping the wall won't fall down
Rodney on his own again
Here is our first poster for our new exhibition opening in May. If you can remember that far back, you must come and see us. If you don’t, now is your chance to find out what all the fuss is about.
On Thursday March 21st, we were delighted to welcome Year 3 from St Theresas Primary. The class explored traditional (pre-games console!) toys, and each pupil had a chance to make their own classic animated flip book. Many thanks for visiting - looking forward to welcoming you again soon.
And on Monday, March 25th, Museum Manager, David Armitage gave a presentation to a class of Yavneh College Sixth Formers. Dave explained the history of Elstree and Borehamwood since the 1930's. Our presentation was very well received, with some excellent questions from a great class. Thank you, Yavneh College, for welcoming us - looking forward to welcoming you to our Museum soon.
Our next Exhibition opening in April will feature Borehamwood in the Sixties, and showcase The Lynx Club and other local hot spots. We are looking for any Sixties items still in your loft or garage that you think we should highlight – clothes, scooters, Chelsea boots, Beatles wigs, and so on. In particular we are looking for a Dansette Auto Changer like the one above to prove that music listening in the Sixties was as easy as streaming is now, as long as you didn’t mind changing your 45s after ten plays! If you have anything to donate or loan us, or any suggestions about Borehamwood in the Sixties, then please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
"After all these years I am finally putting the finishing touches to my book on the MGM British Studios. Had a meeting today as we progress towards a professional book editor reviewing the contents and then the all important design stage. It will be a 'coffee table' size book with about 70,000 words and 400-plus photos, plans, etc. The idea is to publish next year to mark the 50th anniversary of the closing of MGM. It will not be an academic tome but a fond look back with anecdotes gathered over the past 50 years from the stars and staff who worked there plus facts and figures.
I have tried to mention every film and tv series shot at the studio to the best of my knowledge. The photos cover the start of building in the 30s, the wartime years, the expansion after the war, aerial photos, behind the scenes photos of stars and studio workers, etc, etc. I have avoided dwelling on such productions as 2001 and The Prisoner as there are far better books on these out there than I could ever write.
The vast majority of the photos will not have been published in a book before nor most of the interviews. This is not a money making venture for me as I will donate the profits to Elstree Screen Heritage and the Borehamwood Museum. The clock is ticking on me, as with us all, so I want to complete this rather than the material ending in a skip as an unfinished project. Wish me luck." Paul Welsh.
This morning, we were delighted to welcome twenty-four Year Twelve students from the local Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School. The boys listened to an excellent presentation by Dave Armitage, Museum Manager, and then had the opportunity to interview some of our local residents about the changes that they have seen during their time in Elstree and Borehamwood. Thank you Haberdashers’, for bringing a fantastic group of students. It was a pleasure to have you, and we look forward to welcoming you again soon.