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 U is for Uniform
Amongst the many uniforms in the Museum’s collection is that worn by Express Dairy employees :
We also have photos of the Dairy just as it closed in 2001 :
The Distribution Dairy in Theobald Street was built in the early 1950s, the original depot was known as A1 Dairies.
In the late 1940s, milk was still being delivered around Borehamwood by horse and cart.
Not long after moving to the area, A1 Dairies purchased some electric assisted handcarts which could be pulled around by the milkman and did away with the horse. These were soon replaced by the familiar electric Milk Float and a large charging bay was provided at the rear of the Theobald Street depot to keep the floats running. At the front of the building was a shop where you could buy milk and some other provisions. After many years of operation the depot was taken over by Express Dairies, before finally closing in November 2001.
Milk floats battle it out in floods in Brook Road