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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.

Any comments and items to go here please contact Simon on info@elstree-museum.org.uk

Last Chances

Wednesday 1 December 2021

Just a few days now to Christmas week when our current Holby City Exhibition will be coming to an end. This is your last chance to find out the answers to all those questions about the show you always wanted to ask.

And don't forget that Holby City itself will coming to an end in the new year. So this is another last chance to see behind the scenes and remember all the great characters and situations you've grown to love over the last 20 years.

In addition it's the last chance to get your local Christmas cards. Local scenes, some painted, some photographs - all very Christmassy. So pop into the Museum to get your traditional, non-digital, Christmas cards, support your Museum and only 50 pence each.


We Need Help!

Saturday 13 November 2021

We're looking for volunteers to help us run the Museum.

Any one can do it!

Please pop in for a chat or drop us a line to INFO

See our new video HERE


Halloween Ghost Stories : Gate Studios

Tuesday 26 October 2021

The Gate Studios c.1928

Opened in 1928, the studios were in use until the early 1950s, after which the building was occupied by Harkness Screens Ltd for the production of cinema screens, until 2003 when the studios were earmarked to be demolished to make way for 133 new homes.

Protests against the demolition of the studios building came from an unexpected quarter. The ghost of a man wearing 1920s clothing was seen by workers at the studios and looked like he was guarding something.

The figure was described as a smart, tall, bearded man in his forties to fifties, dressed in a white shirt and black trousers. A cold blast of air accompanied his appearance.

He was seen on several occasions, once in a corridor wearing a long jacket where he was described by the witness as ‘just fading away’.

One morning in 2003, a maintenance engineer at the studios saw a shadowy figure out of the corner of his eye.  He was working on the floor, looking up at the cinema screen and saw the figure walk up the gangway and go behind some piles of foam.  When no one emerged, he went to investigate but no one was there.

Perhaps you can tell us more about the ghosts of the former studios and whether they wander the site of the new housing development?

1953 Coronation display by Gate Studios on waste ground in Shenley Road


Halloween Ghost Stories : Stirling Corner

Monday 18 October 2021

Halloween Ghost Stories : Who is the Ghost at Stirling Corner?

Vic Rowntree shared this tale.   He remembers his father returning home from a late shift as a bar steward, very shaken up.  His father worked at the Kings Arms at Stirling Corner.  On this particular night he walked home along his regular route by the service road next to the A1 Barnet by-pass.  When he arrived home, pale and shocked, all he would say is that he had seen a ghost.  That same month, a local newspaper published an article asking if there was a ghost at Stirling Corner.

A resident of one of the nearby cottages reported hearing a strange noise outside his home and on investigation, found a woman standing smiling beside a derelict shed.  He looked around to see if anyone else was nearby and when he turned back, she had vanished.

Perhaps someone out there can tell us more!


Merry Christmas To All Our Friends

Wednesday 16 December 2020

Merry Christmas to all our friends in Boreham Wood and Elstree, and we will see you in the New Year.
Thanks for visiting the blog this year, it's much appreciated!


A Virtual Festival Literay Event

Monday 29 June 2020

As part of this year's reduced Elstree & Borehamwood Town Festival we present for you a Virtual Literary Event featuring among others Tony McHale (Actor, writer, Producer, Director); Alexander S. Bermange (Composer and Lyricist) and Paul Welsh (Film Historian and Author) as well as members of our own "Writers in the Wood", Lorraine Reed, Rosemary Wiseman and Steven Pemberton. Please click here to see the Event on YouTube.


Hollywood In Hertfordshire

Friday 22 May 2020

Local film historian Paul Welsh has written his next book!  50 years since the sudden closure of MGM British Studios, Paul shares stories and photos from the wonder years when the Elstree Way site was world-famous and played host to some of Hollywood's biggest names. As well as the stars, there are stories from behind the scenes, sharing the experiences of the local men and women from Elstree and Borehamwood's film families. You can find out more and order the book by clicking here.


Do you have any Lockdown Photos?

Wednesday 13 May 2020

Here are a few of our Lockdown Photos from around Borehamwood.  If you have any unusual ones, please add them to our Facebook page!


VE DAY : Friday 8 May 2020

Thursday 7 May 2020

Please see the video here for more details

Lest we Forget

In line with government guidelines, Studios Rotary Club are pleased to announce that they will run a virtual Celebration on Friday May 8th .

·      2.45pm Town Mayor, Cllr Simon Rubner, Cllr.Morris Bright Leader of Hertsmere Borough Council, will give a message to Town residents: Anthony Wass, Royal British Legion Exhortation, Studios Rotary Club President Nick Male  will introduce the rest of the programme; 

·      2.55pm Andrew Grady will play “The Last Post” on his cornet from his back garden.  He will join 1000 players across the Nation;

·      3.00 pm George MacGregor will play on his bagpipes ‘The Battles Over’  also, from his back garden. This was a piece specially commissioned for 2018 celebrating the end of WW1. A specially commissioned piece of music.’VE75’. will be played by a1000 pipers across the nation;

·      The Nation will be invited to ring out the Bells of Peace;


Historical Things To Do Today

Tuesday 28 April 2020

Bit fed up with all this?  Then have a bit of History to get you through the day with a couple of suggestions from our Volunteers :

Matt says check out the Herts At War website here and the associated videos on YouTube here.

"The Herts at War Project looks at the history of Hertfordshire in the First World War.  It aims to commemorate those who fought, died and survived.  It also aims to give perspective to the war, and to inform more about the Home Front.  Through doing so, the project interacts with the descendants of those who served, and educates the population of Hertfordshire, about the county’s role in the Great War."

And if you prefer to look underground try your hand at a free Archeology Course recommended by Helen here. It is free – ignore the pay screen!

Enjoy!




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