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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"After all these years I am finally putting the finishing touches to my book on the MGM British Studios. Had a meeting today as we progress towards a professional book editor reviewing the contents and then the all important design stage. It will be a 'coffee table' size book with about 70,000 words and 400-plus photos, plans, etc. The idea is to publish next year to mark the 50th anniversary of the closing of MGM. It will not be an academic tome but a fond look back with anecdotes gathered over the past 50 years from the stars and staff who worked there plus facts and figures.
I have tried to mention every film and tv series shot at the studio to the best of my knowledge. The photos cover the start of building in the 30s, the wartime years, the expansion after the war, aerial photos, behind the scenes photos of stars and studio workers, etc, etc. I have avoided dwelling on such productions as 2001 and The Prisoner as there are far better books on these out there than I could ever write.
The vast majority of the photos will not have been published in a book before nor most of the interviews. This is not a money making venture for me as I will donate the profits to Elstree Screen Heritage and the Borehamwood Museum. The clock is ticking on me, as with us all, so I want to complete this rather than the material ending in a skip as an unfinished project. Wish me luck." Paul Welsh.
It has been a good month for the Museum's Outreach programmes. On Wednesday 13th February, our manager David Armitage, spoke to students at Hertsmere Jewish Primary School about changes in Elstree and Borehamwood over the past eighty years.
David's talk was very well received by the enthusiastic and interested class, who challenged us, with some fascinating questions! Thank you to the school! We look forward to returning soon.
The local magazine that raises money for good causes in Borehamwood and Elstree generously presented the Museum with a cheque for £500 this week. Sasha Capocci, on behalf of David Burcombe, is seen here passing on the cheque to Derek Allen, our volunteer and photographer. Many of Derek’s photos of the town over the last fifty years have featured in Tried And Trusted. We will be using the cheque towards updating the lighting in our cabinets to LEDs which is better for the exhibits and better for the environment.
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 Deputy Mayor of our Town Council, we could get down to the serious business of the afternoon – discussing Ruth’s boots!
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.
We recently had a visit from the Year Three class from St Teresa’s Primary School to see the All Change! Exhibition.
The children had fun involving a range of differing activities, from following a museum trail, dressing up as passengers and railway staff, to exploring local maps and making their own steam powered wind turbines.
“The children had a fantastic time” said Ms K Ayres, the Year Three class teacher.
Ruth Stratton, our Museum’s Officer, has a great interview in the latest Hertsmere News. Check it out to discover the details of her job, and the other museums she covers. And while you’re doing this read about our current, and highly-visited, Exhibition All Change! featuring the railways coming to the area 150 years ago.
Today’s photo shows Natalia, our new work experience student from Hertswood Academy, behind our new card rack. At last you can see all our various greetings cards and postcards, old and new, in one place for easy browsing. Alongside you will find our pens, keyrings, bags and other Museum goodies. Don’t forget to have a browse when visiting our current Exhibition, All Change!
Our grateful thanks to the magazine Tried & Trusted for their cheque which we received today. We were discussing plans for Families Day on Saturday June 30th, and we are featuring a steam train running in Meadow Park. So the Stationmaster’s outfit needs to be just right! Children visiting the new Exhibition, All Change!, will also want to look the part as they drive the engine, so that extra bit of cash from the magazine will come in very handy. Thanks for your generousity, and do come in to see the result of your gift.