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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It is that time of the year again, and we are selling our local Christmas Cards in the foyer of 96 Shenley Road. From 11am to 4pm on the next three Saturdays our table will be on full view for you to purchase those last minute cards and presents. Featuring local views from Elstree and Boreham Wood, we have a range of Christmassy scenes, local pubs, and local landmarks. We also have Museum pens, keyrings and tote bags, along with post cards and other items. Look out for our new card of the Elstree Way Hotel in the snow.
Yes, our small but perfectly formed Museum has now been open at 96 Shenley Road for 5 years this week. So of course we had a party for the volunteers, trustees, and sponsors to celebrate. And because it was coming up to Christmas we just had to combine the two celebrations. Thanks to the generosity of Norman and Ann Shuker we gathered at Schopwick House in Elstree to cut the magnificent ‘5’-shaped cake and to imbibe some flavoured waters. After the speeches from Dave Armitage, Museum Manager, Clive Butchins, Chairman of the Trustees, and Anne Mitchell, the Hertsmere Deputy Mayor, we could get down to the serious business of the afternoon – discussing Ruth’s boots!
Last chance to see…
Elstree and Borehamwood, 1914-1918
The Museum remembered the men and women of Elstree and Borehamwood in All Saints Church with an exhibition highlighting Remembrance and Thanksgiving.
The panels contain details, researched from materials provided by the British Legion, of the people who served, their families and homes. A Roll of Honour commemorates the men who did not come back home, from both villages. These panels were compiled by Ann and Alan Lawrence, who with others opened the first Museum in Drayton Road.
All the details on these men are held in the museum: their full names, regiments, place of burial (if known) and age.
The Museum has been asked to let people see the exhibition in the church until after next Sunday’s services on 18th of November.
Our laser wands are ready, our helmets are on, and our costumes are complete. Come on down to our new S.O.S. Exhibition and join in the fun! Dress up as a Star Wars trouper, and defend the Galaxy. No Darth Vaders here, no Death Stars. Be Princess Leia or a Jedi master and try out your lightsabers.
Dave Armitage gave one of his fascinating talks to the Shenley Fellowship this week and was well received by the members. Focussing on The History of North West Borehamwood, Dave expanded on his themes in the recent History Walk to explain the particular details of this area. The development of Theobald Street alone is a lengthy history talk, and when you take in the Organ Hall estate and its changes through the years, let alone the Leeming Road area, there is plenty to explore.
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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.
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.
Welcome to our new website! We hope you like the new front page with its new design, and the easy way of getting around all our activities. So you can find out what we are doing with one or two clicks. Comments welcome, and some great reviews on TripAdvisor would be good too! We are the Number One Attraction in Borehamwood, and we want to stay that way. See you in the new Exhibition S : O : S.
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.
Finishing touches as it all comes together for Tuesday's opening :