Object Of The Week : H is for Hanson’s and History

Wednesday 3 June 2020

Whilst the Museum is closed and our collections unable to be seen by visitors, we have created a weekly virtual museum with an Object of the Week feature from our collections.

Object of the Week is H. It has to be H for Hanson’s

Here is just a selection of the Hanson Shop memorabilia in the Museum’s collection :
Sheet of Sandwich Labels
Hanson’s Executive Luncheon Menu
Christmas Letter from Hanson’s, 1st December 1996 with Menu
Hanson’s Menu Booklet April 2000

Penny Sweets & Tizer Floats

Hansons Sweetshop and Tearoom is probably the most fondly remembered family establishment in Borehamwood. Standing on the corner of Shenley Road and Keystone Passage, this little shop was most famous for the delicious homemade ice cream; described as ‘blissful’ by some.

Elsie and Bert Hanson from Huddersfield took over a sleepy Borehamwood village store with its small tearoom in 1933. The later, more familiar tearoom was made ready by 1954. When wartime sweet rationing ended in the early 1950s, a huge queue formed outside Hansons and all confectionary stock quickly sold out.

In addition, the business also acted as a booking agent for a local coach company, offering trips to coastal resorts and abroad.

Elsie and Bert’s children, Mary and John, later ran the business until its closure in 2001. Many remember the iconic fireplace, on which sauce bottles would be stored, the serving hatch, the gingham table cloths and wooden paneling. Most fondly talked about though are the ice cream tizer floats, black cherry ice cream sodas, sausage rolls, meat pasties, toast and beef dripping and take-away sandwiches.

The decision to close the tearoom, part of the oldest retail outlet in Borehamwood for nearly 70 years, was a very sad day for their customers.

H is also for History

Did you know, we have a specific team of volunteers here at the Museum, whose role is to work with the collections? This team is responsible for documenting, photographing and cataloguing every object in the Museum’s entire collection. The team work with all kinds of objects ranging from photographs, stories, oral history collections and all manner of Borehamwood related items.

It’s not just old things we collect, we welcome objects which reflect life in the current time, as this will too become history one day. Therefore, as this current situation with Covid 19 unfolds, if you have any items which you think might be of interest reflecting this time in our history, please keep them aside for the Museum to consider as a potential acquisition. Do bear in mind that we will not be able to keep everything, and we will review and process any material offered at a later date.  Thank you.

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