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Saturday’s Families Day was one of the hottest we could remember, so after a battle with an awkward gazebo we collapsed in the shade to await our first visitors. We did find some were keen to try the 60s game of Twister, but with the heat as it was, reluctance to dress up in 60s gear was quite understandable. Thanks to everyone who dropped by to say hello, see you at our current Exhibition, Good Vibrations.
Organiser Matt, volunteers Mike & Betty at the start of Families Day
Gathering in Elstree
Our annual History Walk, part of the Civic Festival, was in Elstree this year. Dave Armitage, Museum Manager, has done much research on the village, and he led us around ably assisted by John Woolston, Museum Volunteer, who handled the many photos with aplomb. We learnt of murders, tragic bombs, and stray bullets in a 2 hour plus walk around the fascinating history of the area. From large houses of historic interest, via St Nicholas Church, to schools, open spaces, hidden routes through hedges, we met the local historical figures still haunting Elstree. From the murders of Martha Ray and William Weare, both buried in the churchyard, to actor William Macready and Sir Percy Everett of Boy Scout fame, and Sir Trevor Dawson with his passion for Tudor style black and white on Edgewarebury House and High Street Elstree. We ended up at the Holly Bush which is of course closed, but is probably the oldest building in Elstree after the church. Can’t wait for next year!
By the graves of Martha Ray and William Weare
Exploring Schopwick Place
As part of this year’s Civic Festival the Flower Show in All Saints is open today, Saturday, and Monday morning for coffee. The theme this year is Celebrations, and we are celebrating our Accreditation under the Arts Council scheme. Lovely flowers in abundance so make sure you pop into All Saints asap!
Join us on Sunday 23rd June for our annual History Walk which is part of the Civic Festival. We are meeting in St. Nicholas School Car Park in Elstree, and then it becomes a mystery as to exactly where Dave and John will take us - explaining the fascinating history of the village as we go. It will be two hours well spent!
We finally made it! We are now a fully Accredited Museum. Congratulations to Ruth and Dave for all their hard work over the last two to three years to get us to the peak of Museum good practice. We are now on the same level as the British Museum, just not quite the same size!
The Museum Trustees held their annual AGM yesterday when Dave Armitage, Museum Manager, gave his annual report, and details of finances and other forthcoming events were discussed.
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