Welcome to the Elstree & Borehamwood Museum blog.
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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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.”
Volunteers spent all day Monday creating a new shopping experience within the Museum. By cleverly removing a few panels here and a wall there, Dave Armitage and his team have made some changes to the display area. The shelves look ready now to fill with those items you love to purchase when out visiting us!
On Tuesday 18th of October a group of eighteen Cub-Scouts were welcomed into the museum for an evening visit.
Their trip opened with a tour round the museum to see our current exhibition on Shops and Shopping, ‘Down the Shops.’ This included weighing out sweets using old-fashioned Imperial measurements in ounces and using the clunking till with pre-decimal pounds, shillings and pence (and florins, halfpennies, sixpences and all) – much to their delight!
They then enjoyed a short talk suggested by their leaders regarding historic Childhood in Borehamwood, a talk supplemented with photographs from our collection.
The young people then interviewed a panel of museum Volunteers, asking any questions they liked and on a wide variety of topics.
The Museum Trustees and Volunteers met on Monday to approve the accounts for the last year. Our photos show Chairperson Cynthia Barker and Norman Shuker signing the accounts, and the gathered Museum representatives.
In early June, 30 pupils from Monksmead School visited the Library and the Museum to participate in a series of workshops related to the Museum’s current exhibition, Smile Please!, on the early history of photography. The children had great fun making their own pin-hole camera, exploring local maps, following a Discovery Trail and learning, in an interactive way, how camera film was processed in the past.