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Last week the Friends of the Museum held a special Evening to celebrate our current Exhibition, Holby City At 20. Joining us for a talk and questions was the chief medical adviser to the programme, Dr Shyam Kolvekar. His main ‘job’ is being the Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at St Barts Hospital, but he has been the Holby adviser since the show began, making sure that all the medical terms and scenarios are exactly correct. He has also worked on medical documentaries and wherever his expertise is called for. A fascinating evening for lovers of drama and surgery!
Any budding surgeons out there? You can try out your skills, whatever your age, at our Holby City At 20 Exhibition in the Museum. Here we see a serious visitor trying to improve the condition of our ‘body’. Good luck and keep trying!
Yes, it’s time to send your loved ones memories of Elstree & Boreham Wood, and we have a new range of Christmas Cards for you. We’ve taken local scenes in the snow and created exclusive and unforgettable cards that will bring back memories! And we’ve made our drawing cards brighter and better. On sale in the Museum, the foyer of 96 Shenley Road for the next three Saturdays, and the Friends Evening on Wednesday, and Going Down The Village on Thursday morning.
The Museum remembers the men of Elstree and Borehamwood in All Saints Church. The panels this year, the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings, show representatives of local men serving in World War II in the air, on sea and land, and dying for their country in widespread locations, including as a prisoner of war in Burma.
The panels contain details researched from materials provided by the British Legion, of the people who served, their families and homes. A Roll of Honour commemorates the men who did not come back home.
Details on all the men who served in the world wars are held in the Museum: their full names, regiments, place of burial (if known) and age.
Here’s Paul Welsh explaining in his latest column in the Borehamwood Times how he met Bob Barrett
“Last week I attended the opening of a new Exhibition at the Borehamwood Museum celebrating the 20th anniversary of Holby City, which is produced at the BBC Elstree Centre. We always hear about EastEnders at BBC Elstree but I think Holby is a bit of an unsung hero. I must say the BBC has done a marvellous job with the display in our Museum, which is very limited in space. It runs for six months so I recommend you visit.
I had the pleasure to chat with actor Bob Barrett, who has been with Holby City for 10 years in about 400 episodes. Luckily I got his character's name right as Sasha, as for some reason I thought it was Slasher, which seemed an odd name to give a surgeon. Bob is a lovely chap to meet and he hopes to continue with the series. We joked about the shirts he wears. which would not impress me as a patient. I was brought up on Emergency Ward 10 and Dr Kildare, in which hospital doctors wore white coats.
I believe Bob is turning on the Christmas lights in Borehamwood so there is a chance for you to meet him as I hope the Town Council will let that happen.”
Our new Exhibition featuring the long-running BBCTV series Holby City is open at last. Bob Barrett, who has been in the series for 10 years, performed the honours with Dave Armitage, Museum Manager, last night. Local dignitaries joined Museum Trustees and volunteers to explore the prosthetics, props and back-stage features of the series filmed in Borehamwood. Plenty to read and examine, including NHS files, star profiles and the full story of Holby City from inception to today's storylines. There's even a chance for visitors to dress up and play doctors and nurses as we can see :
See you at 10 am when we open our new Exhibition!
We're nearly there!
More details of the build are filled in as the Exhibition takes shape. Our Museum desk even becomes a hospital work station!
More spare parts arrive – heads, knees and full bodies. What is going on?