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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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Our grateful thanks to the magazine Tried & Trusted for their cheque which we received today. We were discussing plans for Families Day on Saturday June 30th, and we are featuring a steam train running in Meadow Park. So the Stationmaster’s outfit needs to be just right! Children visiting the new Exhibition, All Change!, will also want to look the part as they drive the engine, so that extra bit of cash from the magazine will come in very handy. Thanks for your generousity, and do come in to see the result of your gift.
The Borehamwood Times today reports that Museum Volunteer James ‘John’ Woolston has received recognition for achieving over 250 blood and platelet donations, having first donated 44 years ago. And on top of that John has only just finished working on the new Exhibition, All Change!, including building the replica steam train cab.
John was recognised alongside 65 other donors, who have collectively saved and improved the lives of up to 24,000 patients, at an event in Hammersmith, London, on January 12. As John said “I was persuaded to become a blood donor fifty years ago when I joined in with some colleagues who went to donate blood. If you are lucky to be fit and healthy it is a very worthwhile thing to do. It is painless and only takes an hour of your time; you should be proud to be a part of it and to be saving people’s lives.”
Well done, John!
Our new Christmas Cards are now ready for you! :
Meet us in the foyer of 96 on Sunday 26th November for more Christmas Cards, new Post Cards, Museum Key rings, pens and tote bags. Great local Christmas presents!
Some strange apparitions were found in the Museum yesterday. Somewhat before Halloween, they claimed they were helping to prepare the next Reminiscence meeting on Thursday 2nd November. This Going Down The Village is all about Fireworks, Ghosts and Witches – let’s hope they’ve been exorcised before then!
Fed up with paying for a shopping bag every time you go out? Now you don’t have to worry about such things. Just grab one of our new tote bags for only £2 next time you are passing the Museum, and you can fill it with your sandwiches or your take-away anytime. Folds up when not in use to keep in a pocket, hardwearing and practical, it also shows you support your local Museum! Helen shows how it’s done :
Mary, Alan, Ann and Florrie
Before the recent Town Council meeting on Wednesday, four of the founders of our Museum were given prestigious Community Awards for all their hard work in creating and sustaining the history of Elstree & Borehamwood. Mary Hanson, Ann and Alan Lawrence, and Florrie Cowley were presented with framed certificates, and the ladies also received bunches of flowers. Town Mayor Eric Silver thanked them for all their efforts over the years. At the end of the meeting they were surounded by fellow Museum trustees and volunteers to show their appreciation.
On Thursday night at Abbott Hall in Stowmarket, part of The Museum of East Anglian Life, our two top Volunteers scooped the 'Collection Champions' Award – part of the 2017 SHARE Volunteer Awards. Dave Armitage, Museum Manager, and John Woolston, Top Volunteer, received the Award for the Museum Modes team.
DAVE AND OUR AWARD!
In the biggest category with 13 nominations, Elstree & Boreham Wood Museum won for their dedicated weekly work cataloguing the entire collection of artefacts in our possession, and for creating two exhibitions a year in our tiny space. In contrast The Museum of East Anglian Life covers 75 acres!
It’s a great achievement – well done everyone involved!
JOHN SHOWS OUR NEW AWARD!
Pop into the Museum and grab our new Flyer for the upcoming year. All the forthcoming exhibitions and events and meetings and activities we are involved in. Don’t be left in the dark!
We are looking for a Heritage Project Co-Ordinator for our next Exhibition : All Change! 150 Years of Rail, From the Past into the Future.
For full details and informatioon on how to apply, please follow this LINK
Mill Green Mill and Museum is a small museum centered around an old, but still working, mill in very pretty gardens on the edge of Hatfield. They are very busy, with 60 plus volunteers, and 3 full-time and paid staff.
The Mayor of Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council, Clive Butchins, and his wife, Elaine, visited the Mill recently with Dave Armitage, our Museum Manager. Clive took the opportunity to meet the Mayor of Welwyn-Hatfield, Cllr Pat Mabbott. Lots of notes were compared, and a promise that they will visit us soon was made.
Elaine said “We enjoyed our visit very much and finished with coffee and scones, which were made from their own milled flour.”