Elstree and Borehamwood Museum

Elstree and Borehamwood Museum Elstree and Boreham Wood Museum is an independent local history museum. It is open Tues and Thurs 12pm to 6pm and Saturday 10am-3pm Run by a friendly and welcoming group of volunteers, the museum showcases the history of the area through objects, photographs and dvds.

We welcome schools and groups to visit outside opening hours (by appointment) and offer an outreach service to local primary schools, focusing on a variety of curriculum subjects. We can also give talks to local groups in and around the town on the history and development of Elstree and Boreham Wood. The museum is generously supported by Hertsmere Borough Council, Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council, and The Heritage Lottery Fund

Operating as usual

This week's photo comes from 1984 and shows The New Crown, Borehamwood Ironmongers and adjacent shops.
05/10/2021

This week's photo comes from 1984 and shows The New Crown, Borehamwood Ironmongers and adjacent shops.

This week's photo comes from 1984 and shows The New Crown, Borehamwood Ironmongers and adjacent shops.

This week we have two archive photos to share with you.The first is a quiet petrol station.  The other is Laing's curiou...
28/09/2021

This week we have two archive photos to share with you.
The first is a quiet petrol station. The other is Laing's curious carnival entry for August 1973.

This week's archive photo is a blast from the past. Here's the original Venue next to the swimming pool in Elstree Way. ...
16/09/2021

This week's archive photo is a blast from the past. Here's the original Venue next to the swimming pool in Elstree Way. This was demolished and replaced by the Ark Theatre, which has also now gone.

This week's archive photo is a blast from the past. Here's the original Venue next to the swimming pool in Elstree Way. This was demolished and replaced by the Ark Theatre, which has also now gone.

For those of you who didn't get chance to see our current exhibition: Holby City at 20: Behind the Surgical Mask because...
09/09/2021

For those of you who didn't get chance to see our current exhibition: Holby City at 20: Behind the Surgical Mask because of the pandemic, please note we are now open and the exhibition run has been extended to December 2021.
Hope to see you soon!
Opening times:
Tuesday and Thursday 12pm - 6pm
Currently closed Wednesdays temporarily due to staff shortages.
Saturday 10am - 3pm
Admission: Free

For those of you who didn't get chance to see our current exhibition: Holby City at 20: Behind the Surgical Mask because of the pandemic, please note we are now open and the exhibition run has been extended to December 2021.
Hope to see you soon!
Opening times:
Tuesday and Thursday 12pm - 6pm
Currently closed Wednesdays temporarily due to staff shortages.
Saturday 10am - 3pm
Admission: Free

We know how much you all love a mystery photo. How about this?
09/09/2021

We know how much you all love a mystery photo. How about this?

This week's archive photo is of the Festival Pram Race in the 1980s. It involved local pub teams and it ended at the Thr...
27/08/2021

This week's archive photo is of the Festival Pram Race in the 1980s. It involved local pub teams and it ended at the Three Ways community centre. Money was collected along the way and the teams stopped at several pubs along the route for liquid refreshment.
A sign of the times is the billboard advert for Rothman's ci******es.

This week's archive photo is of the Festival Pram Race in the 1980s. It involved local pub teams and it ended at the Three Ways community centre. Money was collected along the way and the teams stopped at several pubs along the route for liquid refreshment.
A sign of the times is the billboard advert for Rothman's ci******es.

Not long now!ELSTREE AND BOREHAMWOOD MUSEUM RE-OPENING ON SATURDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER 10AM-3PMWE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YO...
27/08/2021

Not long now!

ELSTREE AND BOREHAMWOOD MUSEUM RE-OPENING ON SATURDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER
10AM-3PM
WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU BACK

Not long now!

ELSTREE AND BOREHAMWOOD MUSEUM RE-OPENING ON SATURDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER
10AM-3PM
WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU BACK

On The Buses? The summer of 2022 marks the centenary of scheduled motor bus services in Borehamwood and Elstree. John Ca...
20/08/2021

On The Buses?
The summer of 2022 marks the centenary of scheduled motor bus services in Borehamwood and Elstree. John Cartledge is looking to collect and record local residents' memories of working and travelling on the buses. If you would like to be involved, please contact John: 020 8953 8008

With the Museum opening again on 4th September, you will be able to visit and browse some of the archive photos and post...
10/08/2021

With the Museum opening again on 4th September, you will be able to visit and browse some of the archive photos and postcards in the collection. Here is a lovely postcard showing the area as quiet country lanes. This image is looking towards the reservoir on Aldenham Road.

With the Museum opening again on 4th September, you will be able to visit and browse some of the archive photos and postcards in the collection. Here is a lovely postcard showing the area as quiet country lanes. This image is looking towards the reservoir on Aldenham Road.

Great News! The Museum will be re-opening on Saturday 4th September at 10am.  We look forward to welcoming you back.
10/08/2021

Great News! The Museum will be re-opening on Saturday 4th September at 10am. We look forward to welcoming you back.

Great News! The Museum will be re-opening on Saturday 4th September at 10am. We look forward to welcoming you back.

As requested, a photo of Engel and Gibbs, the electronics company in Borehamwood.
03/08/2021

As requested, a photo of Engel and Gibbs, the electronics company in Borehamwood.

As requested, a photo of Engel and Gibbs, the electronics company in Borehamwood.

With sporting activities much at the forefront at the moment, this week's archive photo shows swimmers and bathers at th...
02/08/2021

With sporting activities much at the forefront at the moment, this week's archive photo shows swimmers and bathers at the busy Elstree Reservoir swimming pool.
The Reservoir was built between 1795 and 1797 and has been used for recreational purposes including fishing and sailing.

With sporting activities much at the forefront at the moment, this week's archive photo shows swimmers and bathers at the busy Elstree Reservoir swimming pool.
The Reservoir was built between 1795 and 1797 and has been used for recreational purposes including fishing and sailing.

To accompany this week's Object Feature, here are two Wellington and Ward related photographs.  The first shows JBB Well...
29/07/2021

To accompany this week's Object Feature, here are two Wellington and Ward related photographs. The first shows JBB Wellington in his workshop at The Leys, Elstree. The second is the demolition of the Wellington and Ward Factory buildings in 1980.

Light is at the end of the tunnel and plans are underway for re-opening the Museum.  Watch this space and the website fo...
23/07/2021

Light is at the end of the tunnel and plans are underway for re-opening the Museum. Watch this space and the website for more information, coming soon.
But whilst the Museum has remained closed, you may have missed this lovely 1960s photo of Shenley Road.

Light is at the end of the tunnel and plans are underway for re-opening the Museum. Watch this space and the website for more information, coming soon.
But whilst the Museum has remained closed, you may have missed this lovely 1960s photo of Shenley Road.

Our archive photos of the week are a collection of cottages.  Here we see Bodimead Cottage, Watford Road, Elstree in the...
16/07/2021

Our archive photos of the week are a collection of cottages. Here we see Bodimead Cottage, Watford Road, Elstree in the 1980s and County Cottages in Theobald Street in the late 1940s.

We have a little photo teaser for you on this sunny Friday afternoon.Where in the Wood would you find this lattice work?
16/07/2021

We have a little photo teaser for you on this sunny Friday afternoon.
Where in the Wood would you find this lattice work?

We have a little photo teaser for you on this sunny Friday afternoon.
Where in the Wood would you find this lattice work?

Inspired by the photos from the Object of the Week feature on Express Dairies, here are two others from the archive. One...
29/06/2021

Inspired by the photos from the Object of the Week feature on Express Dairies, here are two others from the archive. One shows Hedges Dairy delivery vehicle for A1 Milk. The other is of Shenley Road during the 1960s flood.

This week's photo from the archives shows Shenley Road in the 1960s. A nice selection of vintage cars too.
24/06/2021

This week's photo from the archives shows Shenley Road in the 1960s. A nice selection of vintage cars too.

This week's photo from the archives shows Shenley Road in the 1960s. A nice selection of vintage cars too.

In addition to this week's Object feature on the Blog, here are some very old photographs from the Museum's archive.  Th...
21/06/2021

In addition to this week's Object feature on the Blog, here are some very old photographs from the Museum's archive. The first shows carpenters at work at the Ideal Film Studios and the other is of Neptune Studios in 1914.

With Football on most people's minds at the moment, we would like to share this photo from our archive of Borehamwood FC...
18/06/2021

With Football on most people's minds at the moment, we would like to share this photo from our archive of Borehamwood FC Championship Side 1976-77.
The Museum has a large collection of photographs of Borehamwood FC throughout the years.

With Football on most people's minds at the moment, we would like to share this photo from our archive of Borehamwood FC Championship Side 1976-77.
The Museum has a large collection of photographs of Borehamwood FC throughout the years.

Back at the end of April, our Object of the Week feature was around the Duke of Edinburgh's visit to Elliott's Automatio...
07/06/2021

Back at the end of April, our Object of the Week feature was around the Duke of Edinburgh's visit to Elliott's Automation in 1963. We didn't think we had any photos of this event but we have stumbled across this one in our archive of the Duke arriving by helicopter, as described in the feature.

Back at the end of April, our Object of the Week feature was around the Duke of Edinburgh's visit to Elliott's Automation in 1963. We didn't think we had any photos of this event but we have stumbled across this one in our archive of the Duke arriving by helicopter, as described in the feature.

We are sad to hear that Holby City is to be cancelled after 23 years. Our exhibition celebrating 20 years of Holby has u...
03/06/2021

We are sad to hear that Holby City is to be cancelled after 23 years. Our exhibition celebrating 20 years of Holby has unfortunately been inaccessible since March 2020 because of the pandemic, but we hope to be able to open after stage four restrictions are lifted.
Here's a reminder of how the Museum has celebrated Holby City and we hope to see you again soon!

Studio 70 closed almost 40 years ago to the day, on 6th June 1981. It stood opposite the Elstree Studios complex.  The s...
02/06/2021

Studio 70 closed almost 40 years ago to the day, on 6th June 1981. It stood opposite the Elstree Studios complex. The site is now occupied by new apartments, Isopad House.
It was opened as Studio Cinema in March 1936 and the first photo is from two years later. In 1966 it was closed for three months for modernisation. The exterior was covered in fibreglass cladding at the sacrifice of the former Art Deco frontage. It was re-opened on 2nd April 1966 as the Studio 70 with a pre-release presentation of Sid James in "Carry On Cowboy".
It was demolished in December 1981, and two office blocks built on the site.

Going to the Library? Passing 96? Please check out our new 8 panel Local History display in the foyer.  Lots of local st...
27/05/2021

Going to the Library? Passing 96? Please check out our new 8 panel Local History display in the foyer. Lots of local stories, including some you will not be aware of! We hope to open the Museum soon after June 21st.

Going to the Library? Passing 96? Please check out our new 8 panel Local History display in the foyer. Lots of local stories, including some you will not be aware of! We hope to open the Museum soon after June 21st.

This week we share some delightful nostalgic images of various roads in Borehamwood during the 1950s and 1960s. Masefiel...
27/04/2021

This week we share some delightful nostalgic images of various roads in Borehamwood during the 1950s and 1960s. Masefield Avenue, Cowley Hill, Hartforde Road shops and Drayton Road.

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96 Shenley Road
Borehamwood
WD6 1EB

Opening Hours

Tuesday 12pm - 6pm
Wednesday 12pm - 6pm
Thursday 12pm - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 3pm

Telephone

01442 454888

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I've finished a listing of the locations used in the 1958 production of the 'Dial 999' television series. There are a lot of images of Borehamwood and Elstree from the period, many of which still need to be identified. For starters, I'm stuck on the identification of the streets in this episode:
Would anyone have any photos of Reymond Studios my mum uses to work there.
I enjoyed the Elstree, Watlington St posts. While sorting out some old photos I found this postcard collection and some interesting adverts from the Elstree Church magazine from 1963. Looking thro' the magazine I found 11 shops/businesses in Elstree High St. Feel free to share these to everyone
can i post a petition here for bwood heritage centre for film and tv history , thank u
Is it correct that we once had three pubs named The Red Lion in the Elstree and Borehamwood area ? One in Elstree High Street, one in Shenley Road and one in Green Street ?
Anyone have any info on a large, Tudor style house, that was in its own grounds off of the lower part of Furzehill Road? I lived nearby and recall in the 1960's seeing that house and in fact going into it (I think my family knew the owners). Many bedrooms, black/white Tudor front, gardens, driveway etc etc. I guess it was where Whitehouse Avenue is now? Any photos and info would be great. Thanks
The next exhibition arriving at Potters Bar Museum
In the 1970's my father ran a small cleaning business, which cleaned some offices and film sets in the studios... I got to wander round some of 'The Shining' set , Before that he ran Shenley garage ... Does anyone have any old pictures of the garage ?
Can someone please tell me what the name of the ribbon manufacturer in Borehamwood was, I have spent months trying to remember!!
Our new exhibition, Potters Bar in the 30s, opens tomorrow afternoon. The display takes you on a pictorial journey to show how the town evolved from a large village with a strong rural history to suburbia with new housing estates being built and the introduction of street lights
many thanks simon for the invite this evening ,it was great to meet everybody there and chat about Boreham Wood in the 60s andstep back in time with the lynx as it was the hub of the local youth culture then plus see all the research and effort put in by the staff all done by volunteers who give their time free.