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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BBC Three Counties’ Treasure Quest ended up in our new Exhibition yesterday, and because we were the final answer Danny only just made it before midday. Here he is at 11.55 am in the lift with Elaine who was the ‘Treasure’ when he got to us on the top floor. Didn’t take long for him to try on one of the Beatle wigs and mustaches and play the guitar on the Lynx stage. Not sure why he didn’t wear a Sgt Pepper costume. You can if you come down to Good Vibrations.
Museum volunteers dressed up in their best 60s gear on Friday night to celebrate the Launch of our new Exhibition Good Vibrations – A Look Back At The 60s. From Hippy Matt, via Mary Quant Helen to three odd-looking Sergeant Peppers Dave, Rodney and John, to Ruth’s immaculate 60s dress the Exhibition was truly opened. Later joined by two local, but world-class musicians, Alan Warner and Alan Skidmore, the 60s were celebrated in style. Get on down to 96 Shenley Road to see if you remember the 60s as well!
Sneak preview as the panels arrive early!
Some quick snaps to show our progress :
Dave & John Take To The Stage
Dave's In The Hood
John & Mannequin Stare At Wall
Helen Tries Those 60s Boots
The old Exhibition is stripped out and we get down to rewiring, repainting, and redesigning.
Dave & John hoping the wall won't fall down
Rodney on his own again
Here is our first poster for our new exhibition opening in May. If you can remember that far back, you must come and see us. If you don’t, now is your chance to find out what all the fuss is about.
Our next Exhibition opening in April will feature Borehamwood in the Sixties, and showcase The Lynx Club and other local hot spots. We are looking for any Sixties items still in your loft or garage that you think we should highlight – clothes, scooters, Chelsea boots, Beatles wigs, and so on. In particular we are looking for a Dansette Auto Changer like the one above to prove that music listening in the Sixties was as easy as streaming is now, as long as you didn’t mind changing your 45s after ten plays! If you have anything to donate or loan us, or any suggestions about Borehamwood in the Sixties, then please email us on email@example.com
Hope you read Paul’s column this week in The Borehamwood Times (online-only now), whereby he explains the background to our current Exhibition. Find out the full story in the Museum – how Paul and a few concerned citizens made sure Elstree Studios was rescued to become the success story it is today. Don’t miss it!
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.