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Welcome to the Elstree & Borehamwood Museum blog.

This blog is about a few museum items that have caught our attention from events and exhibitions, to new discoveries in the collections, to news and views.

Any comments and items to go here please contact Simon on info@elstree-museum.org.uk

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Friends Meet The Railways

Friday 13 April 2018

Wednesday night was Friends Night, and a ‘sold-out’ event celebrated our current Exhibition of 150 Years of the railway coming to this area.  With a packed second floor of the library, our guest speaker was Bill Davies a retired engine driver on the ‘Bed-Pan Line’ and other parts of the South East.  His talk was literally ‘On and Off The Footplate’ with tales of Dr Beeching, adventures in King’s Cross, the demise of steam, confusing the public, and the occasional near mishap.  A fascinating insight into life behind the driver’s handle, accompanied by many photos for train lovers, and many amusing anecdotes.  We were then treated to a quiz by Tevi Corman based around films and trains, right back to 1903!


More Dressing Up

Friday 13 April 2018

School holidays, so we’ve been playing with the uniforms. Lots of families coming in with very enthusiastic and lovely children. You’re never too old to dress up, or pull the chain to listen to the hooter!!


Going Down The Village In April

Thursday 12 April 2018

The meeting for April  was based on a look back at Industry in Borehamwood between 1890 - 1990. The presentation included 30 photographs of the local companies now long gone.  Lots of talk about Elliott Automation and John Laing. One of the participants had also worked for Hunting Surveys in the Elstree Way.


Model Railway Day

Monday 9 April 2018

Do you have a model railway, old or new?

Have a huge set-up, in the loft, on a shelf?

Can you bring it to 96 Shenley Road on Saturday 21st April?

Would you like to play with lots of railways?

Then please let us know by ringing the Museum on 01442.454888

Help us celebrate 150 years of railways in this area.

Bring your children to enjoy the days of steam.

See you there!


St Teresa's Primary Visits All Change!

Friday 23 March 2018

We recently had a visit from the Year Three class from St Teresa’s Primary School to see the All Change! Exhibition.

The children had fun involving a range of differing activities, from following a museum trail, dressing up as passengers and railway staff, to exploring local maps and making their own steam powered wind turbines.

“The children had a fantastic time” said Ms K Ayres, the Year Three class teacher.


The Boss Makes The News!

Monday 19 March 2018

Ruth Stratton, our Museum’s Officer, has a great interview in the latest Hertsmere News.  Check it out to discover the details of her job, and the other museums she covers.  And while you’re doing this read about our current, and highly-visited, Exhibition All Change! featuring the railways coming to the area 150 years ago.


New Station Master

Thursday 15 March 2018

We got the children's outfits in and unpacked, and found our first willing model who adores trains. Doesn't he make a very good Station Master?


Dressing Up!

Saturday 10 March 2018

With the arrival of our Railway Costumes, our young visitors are getting into the mood of our current Exhibition, All Change!  Even Museum Manager, Dave, is getting his bacon & egg ready for the fire box as the train thunders through Elstree & Boreham Wood!


Natalia And The New Cards!

Wednesday 7 March 2018

Today’s photo shows Natalia, our new work experience student from Hertswood Academy, behind our new card rack.  At last you can see all our various greetings cards and postcards, old and new, in one place for easy browsing.  Alongside you will find our pens, keyrings, bags and other Museum goodies.  Don’t forget to have a browse when visiting our current Exhibition, All Change!


New Displays for our Goodies!

Saturday 17 February 2018

Things have brightened up in the Museum with lots of new displays and items to take away – for a small price!

As well as the new Museum Clapperboard Key Rings, Shopping Bag and Red Pens that you can see above, we have a new display case by the door.  This now shows our small, but beautifully formed, range of 150 St.Pancras memorabilia.  Featuring a Mug, Fridge Magnet, Pin and Tote Bag at jolly decent prices compared to that large Station down the line.  Grab them now before they become collectors’ items.


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