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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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 :
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:
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!
More news comes in from our volunteers preparing the new Exhibition. Only prayers will get us through to October 23rd when we open!
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!
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!
The “Rail Trail” : Back by Popular Demand
2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the arrival of our railway service. This event triggered the rapid growth of Borehamwood and then attracted the studios which have prospered here for over 100 years.
As part of a programme to celebrate this anniversary, in May we held a guided tour of local places associated with the railway. Led by John Cartledge, the founder of the popular series of “Teddy’s Trails” in association with Elstree & Borehamwood Town Council, the walking tour lasted almost 3 hours and included a special authorised visit to the railway station.
The group’s feedback was very positive (“most interesting”, “material you gave us was first class”, “all very well organised”, “very enjoyable”, “lovely to meet everyone”) and so we will run a second session of the “Rail Trail” on Sunday 7th October, starting at 1:30 sharp at Allum Manor (2 Allum Lane WD6 3PJ) Parking is free.
After a short presentation, walkers will receive an extensive information pack before they set off, first to the railway station and then farther afield. We expect to return to Allum Manor by 5:00.
The group will not exceed 30 people; each walker is responsible for wearing footwear and clothing appropriate to the weather, and for observing all safety rules. At no time will the group get closer to the railway lines than when standing on the station platforms.
To register for this FREE event please visit Hertfordshire County Council’s “Walks and More” website here.
Friends Arrive For Their Tour
Yesterday afternoon the Friends of the Museum gathered for a tour of Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School in the Aldenham sunshine. John Wigley had visited us last October and given a fascinating talk on the history of the school, and he invited us then to pop round for tea. John has written the official history of the school, Serve And Obey (the school motto), and he is a master with a long association with Habs.
John Greets Us with our Info Sheets
We split into three groups, with John leading one, and your scribe being guided by Keith Cheyney. He introduced himself as having had an aunt who was beheaded. Since it was Anne Boleyn, it was a while ago. We were taken through the original house, the home of Lord Aldenham, and out to see the original courtyards, the old BBC building – so called because the BBC had requesitioned the house in the war – and then back via the splendid new Medburn Centre for sports, and the large library and hall.
This was followed by serious tea and scones or cake, and thanks all round. Thanks for a very interesting tour of an important local school.