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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Appealing to local musicians - did you play at The Lynx Club in the Sixties? Join us for an evening of Lynx nostalgia!
Were you a member of The Lynx Club? Join our Reunion and relive those days of youth!
Scooters and Parkas welcome!
Elstree & Borehamwood Museum and Maxwell Park Community Centre
The Lynx Reunion
Saturday 14 September 2019 at 7.30 pm
In conjunction with the current Exhibition in the Museum, Good Vibrations, we are looking back at the Sixties with an Evening Down The Lynx Club. Come back to where it all happened in the Sixties in Boreham Wood. Wear your Sixties clothes, eat Sixties food, and enjoy the Sixties Sounds. Meet old friends and relive those carefree days! The Museum will remain open later on Saturday evening so you can get in the Sixties mood first before going to Maxwell Park Centre – the original home of the Lynx Club - for a night of nostalgia.
Entrance will be £5, or free if you bring your original Links & Cha Club Membership Card, Long John Club Card, or Lynx Card.
Saturday’s Families Day was one of the hottest we could remember, so after a battle with an awkward gazebo we collapsed in the shade to await our first visitors. We did find some were keen to try the 60s game of Twister, but with the heat as it was, reluctance to dress up in 60s gear was quite understandable. Thanks to everyone who dropped by to say hello, see you at our current Exhibition, Good Vibrations.
Organiser Matt, volunteers Mike & Betty at the start of Families Day
Gathering in Elstree
Our annual History Walk, part of the Civic Festival, was in Elstree this year. Dave Armitage, Museum Manager, has done much research on the village, and he led us around ably assisted by John Woolston, Museum Volunteer, who handled the many photos with aplomb. We learnt of murders, tragic bombs, and stray bullets in a 2 hour plus walk around the fascinating history of the area. From large houses of historic interest, via St Nicholas Church, to schools, open spaces, hidden routes through hedges, we met the local historical figures still haunting Elstree. From the murders of Martha Ray and William Weare, both buried in the churchyard, to actor William Macready and Sir Percy Everett of Boy Scout fame, and Sir Trevor Dawson with his passion for Tudor style black and white on Edgewarebury House and High Street Elstree. We ended up at the Holly Bush which is of course closed, but is probably the oldest building in Elstree after the church. Can’t wait for next year!
By the graves of Martha Ray and William Weare
Exploring Schopwick Place
As part of this year’s Civic Festival the Flower Show in All Saints is open today, Saturday, and Monday morning for coffee. The theme this year is Celebrations, and we are celebrating our Accreditation under the Arts Council scheme. Lovely flowers in abundance so make sure you pop into All Saints asap!
Join us on Sunday 23rd June for our annual History Walk which is part of the Civic Festival. We are meeting in St. Nicholas School Car Park in Elstree, and then it becomes a mystery as to exactly where Dave and John will take us - explaining the fascinating history of the village as we go. It will be two hours well spent!
The Museum Trustees held their annual AGM yesterday when Dave Armitage, Museum Manager, gave his annual report, and details of finances and other forthcoming events were discussed.
On Thursday March 21st, we were delighted to welcome Year 3 from St Theresas Primary. The class explored traditional (pre-games console!) toys, and each pupil had a chance to make their own classic animated flip book. Many thanks for visiting - looking forward to welcoming you again soon.
And on Monday, March 25th, Museum Manager, David Armitage gave a presentation to a class of Yavneh College Sixth Formers. Dave explained the history of Elstree and Borehamwood since the 1930's. Our presentation was very well received, with some excellent questions from a great class. Thank you, Yavneh College, for welcoming us - looking forward to welcoming you to our Museum soon.
This morning, we were delighted to welcome twenty-four Year Twelve students from the local Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School. The boys listened to an excellent presentation by Dave Armitage, Museum Manager, and then had the opportunity to interview some of our local residents about the changes that they have seen during their time in Elstree and Borehamwood. Thank you Haberdashers’, for bringing a fantastic group of students. It was a pleasure to have you, and we look forward to welcoming you again soon.
Although his name is not that well known outside of the film industry, his work is familiar to any film-goer who has seen strange happenings on screen – ghosts, werewolves, aliens – or battle scenes with exploding bodies and carnage. Someone has to create all the special effects, and, if it involves bodies, then you can bet John is involved. He told the Friends at their latest exclusive Evening, that he started as a plasterer 40 years ago and after moving to Borehamwood got a job at Elstree Studios where his talent led him to creating ‘lifecasts’. If an actor had to perform a dangerous stunt, or to loose a limb or head, then he would make a cast of them from life which could be used for any sort of stunt. Once it was all down to silicon on the skin, but now it’s done by laser scanning, which is quicker and cleaner. His latest work is in the medical sphere where he uses silicon to create babies at different stages for teaching, and he passed a “baby” around for us to see his creativity.
A fascinating evening for anyone interested in films – the next time you see Saving Private Ryan you will know that John is in there pumping blood out of his lifecasts. More details can be found on his website, http://lifecast.co.uk/
Elaine, Helen, and Clive at the stand
The Museum took part in the quarterly Coffee Morning sessions held at All Saints, on Saturday. Their purpose is to show people in Borehamwood and Elstree some of the many activities, clubs and entertainments they can visit and get involved in. The title for our displays was A Year In Photographs. Hard to choose just a handful from the many photos we collected last year from all the events, but hopefully the selection put across some of the things we have enjoyed! A steady flow of people came in and a couple at least then went up to see the latest Exhibition in the Museum S.O.S. - the story of the successful, eight year campaign to Save our Studios. Not to be missed!
Thanks to Andrew Grady for the photos.
Elaine and Mayor Victor Eni