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 : V is for Village
Not only Borehamwood that is referred to as The Village, but there was another Village associated with the area.
It is of course that of Portmeirion in The Prisoner series filmed at MGM Studios in Borehamwood. The series, made in 1967 on location in Portmeirion but with interior shots filmed at MGM in Borehamwood, gained a cult following. Every year, a special pilgrimage is made to Borehamwood by fans.
The premise of the story is of an unnamed British man (played by Patrick McGoohan) who resigns from his government secret service post and prepares to make a hurried departure from the country. While packing his luggage, he is rendered unconscious by knockout gas piped into his London flat. When he wakes, he finds himself in a re-creation of his home, located in a mysterious coastal ‘village’ within which he is held captive, isolated from the mainland by mountains and sea.
The Museum holds some objects which were used as props in the filming: