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Holby City At 20 Still Operating

Friday 28 February 2020

Our current Exhibition is still packing them in. Running until April 25th you have lots of time to dress up as a nurse or a doctor, and have a go on our body! Here is super fan Claire performing open heart surgery!  All operations are free, as is our Museum. We have small 'staff cards' of your favourite actors to take away - for a small donation.

More Holby City Playtime

Friday 6 December 2019

Any budding surgeons out there?  You can try out your skills, whatever your age, at our Holby City At 20 Exhibition in the Museum.  Here we see a serious visitor trying to improve the condition of our ‘body’.  Good luck and keep trying!

Bob Barrett Meets Paul Welsh

Friday 1 November 2019

Here’s Paul Welsh explaining in his latest column in the Borehamwood Times how he met Bob Barrett

“Last week I attended the opening of a new Exhibition at the Borehamwood Museum celebrating the 20th anniversary of Holby City, which is produced at the BBC Elstree Centre. We always hear about EastEnders at BBC Elstree but I think Holby is a bit of an unsung hero. I must say the BBC has done a marvellous job with the display in our Museum, which is very limited in space. It runs for six months so I recommend you visit.

I had the pleasure to chat with actor Bob Barrett, who has been with Holby City for 10 years in about 400 episodes. Luckily I got his character's name right as Sasha, as for some reason I thought it was Slasher, which seemed an odd name to give a surgeon. Bob is a lovely chap to meet and he hopes to continue with the series. We joked about the shirts he wears. which would not impress me as a patient. I was brought up on Emergency Ward 10 and Dr Kildare, in which hospital doctors wore white coats.

I believe Bob is turning on the Christmas lights in Borehamwood so there is a chance for you to meet him as I hope the Town Council will let that happen.”

Holby City At 20 Open Now

Saturday 26 October 2019

Our new Exhibition featuring the long-running BBCTV series Holby City is open at last.  Bob Barrett, who has been in the series for 10 years, performed the honours with Dave Armitage, Museum Manager, last night.  Local dignitaries joined Museum Trustees and volunteers to explore the prosthetics, props and back-stage features of the series filmed in Borehamwood.  Plenty to read and examine, including NHS files, star profiles and the full story of Holby City from inception to today's storylines. There's even a chance for visitors to dress up and play doctors and nurses as we can see :

Holby City At 20 Opens Tomorrow

Friday 25 October 2019

See you at 10 am when we open our new Exhibition!

Holby City At 20 WIP Continues

Tuesday 22 October 2019

We're nearly there!

Holby City At 20 WIP Day Four

Thursday 17 October 2019

More details of the build are filled in as the Exhibition takes shape.  Our Museum desk even becomes a hospital work station!

Holby City At 20 WIP Day Three

Wednesday 16 October 2019

More spare parts arrive – heads, knees and full bodies.  What is going on?

Holby City At 20 WIP Day Two

Wednesday 16 October 2019

The BBC and their hospital equipment arrive on Day Two of the new Exhibition build to create a Holby City operating theatre in our little space.  So far we have a scrub sink, and a foot – that looks hopping mad.  Watch this big space for more fun photos!

Holby City At 20 - WIP Day One

Monday 14 October 2019

Here are some shots of the Exhibition team stripping out Good Vibrations, on Day One as we head toward Holby City.  Look out for more fun in the days ahead….

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