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This blog is about all those happenings inside and outside the Museum that have caught our attention.

From events and exhibitions, to new discoveries in the collections, to news and views.

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Paul’s Cabinet

Monday 12 November 2018

When you visit our new Exhibition, S.O.S., make sure you linger at our new display cabinet next to the video screen.  This is what we affectionately call ‘Paul’s Cabinet’. Inside you will see many items from Paul Welsh’s personal film memorabilia collection. During this Exhibition it contains items about S.O.S. as well as other earlier artefacts of great interest to film fans, such as the Dambusters daybook and plans of Elstree Studios.  When this Exhibition is over we will be changing the contents on a regular basis to show you his years of collecting.

Join In The Star Wars Fun

Friday 2 November 2018

In an exciting feature of our new Exhibition, Save Our Studios, you can dress up as your favourite Star Wars character and pretend you are in the film.  Here we see an early visitor trying on her Princess Leia costume with Darth Vader, C-3PO and R2-D2.  The costume looks great I think you’ll agree our first model made a very good job of her starring role in the film! Come on down and try it out during half-term.

Save Our Studios Opens

Tuesday 23 October 2018

Our new Exhibition at the Museum is now open. Please come and visit us and find out all about the 8 year campaign to Save Elstree Studios from closure. How a dedicated band of film fans and local volunteers struggled against all the odds to keep the studios open. And now they are thriving and creating films and TV from The Crown to Strictly Come Dancing.

And if you have any items of film history you'd like to display in this exhibition, we need your help! Contact us via this website or our Facebook page.

SOS WIP 5 - Nearly there

Friday 19 October 2018

Finishing touches as it all comes together for Tuesday's opening :

SOS WIP 4 – The new cabinet arrives

Thursday 18 October 2018

The new Exhibition is taking shape with a few days to go.  And our new display cabinet is now in place, along with some exhibits:


SOS WIP 3 - In which Maureen gets pasting

Tuesday 16 October 2018

We’re down to the nitty-gritty now as our wallpapering expert, Maureen, gets pasting the starry paper for our new Exhibition, SOS.  And at the same time our new poster arrives from John.  Can’t wait – only a week to go!

SOS WIP 2 - In which we start praying

Friday 12 October 2018

More news comes in from our volunteers preparing the new Exhibition.  Only prayers will get us through to October 23rd when we open!

SOS WIP 1 – In which we start the process again

Thursday 11 October 2018

The crew are back in the Museum, trying to beat the deadline of the 23rd, and create a new Exhibition all about the saving of Elstree Studios in the 90s.  Makes you wonder why they don’t just get on with it, instead of mucking about!

Two New Competitions

Tuesday 18 September 2018

Celebrating the 150 Years of our local Railway, we have two new competitions for youngsters visiting the Exhibition.  This is now closing in two weeks time, so you’d better hurry!  With great prizes on offer, under-12s can have a go at the Drawing Competition, while the Quiz is open to all. Also lookout for the competition question panels up and down Shenley Road.

Please come in and grab a form and away you go!

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!!

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