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 : X is for Exhibitions
With the Museum set to re-open in September, we thought it would be a good time to look back at all the exhibitions we have presented since opening in November 2013. A trip down memory lane.
November 2013 the Museum opened with Through the Lens a visual ‘now and then’ journey through stills of Borehamwood locations which had been used in film and TV.
June 2014 heralded 100 years of Film and TV in the area since Neptune Studios arrived in the village in 1914.
September 2014 told us we Could do Better! A celebration of 75 years of Hillside School.
January 2015 commemorated 100 years since the end of WWI.
Then in the summer of 2015 In Our Manor opened, celebrating 30 years since EastEnders began filming just down the road. With the added feature of being able to see the ‘Bridge Street’ railway bridge on the set from the upper floor windows!
January 2016 opened with Smile Please – a history of photography, in particular Wellington and Ward in Borehamwood.
July 2016 the volunteers built a replica of Mary Hanson’s sweet shop as part of the Going Down the Shops exhibition, which looked at the changing face of Shenley Road.
January 2017 saw the opening of From Village to Town, Celebrating a Century of Migration, an ambitious project eighteen months in the making, focusing on the radical transformation of Elstree and Borehamwood over a century, and the people whose arrival here made this happen. Fifty residents were interviewed and their stories formed part of the exhibition, and are available on this website under 'Oral History'.
The exhibition which ran over Christmas 2017 was Toys Games and Gadgets, a fun look at childhood pastimes from the 60s, 70s and 80s.
Another ambitious exhibition was All Change! which opened in January 2018 and by public demand, extended its run to September. The Museum was transformed into a railway station complete with steam engine!
This was followed by Save Our Studios, a display with much input from Paul Welsh who led the campaign to save Elstree Film Studios between 1988 and 1996.
We were launched into the Swinging Sixties in May 2019 with Good Vibrations which recreated the local youth club and music venue The Lynx. Original artwork and designs from The Lynx evoked the atmosphere of the time, complete with video footage of the famous bands that played there.
Which brings us up to date. October 2019, actor Bob Barrett opened the Holby City at 20 exhibition, which celebrated 20 years of the drama being made down the road at BBC Elstree. More poignant now due to the recent announcement that the show will be cancelled and off our screens by Spring 2022. Covid cut through the exhibition just 3 months into its run, but with the Museum re-opening again in September, it will continue until the end of the year, so that everyone gets a chance to visit.