Elstree and Borehamwood Museum

Elstree and Borehamwood Museum Elstree and Boreham Wood Museum is an independent local history museum. It is open Tues, Weds, 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.
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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

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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.

Some of you have mentioned Tonibell in your posts. Here's one from memory lane 1987
20/04/2021

Some of you have mentioned Tonibell in your posts. Here's one from memory lane 1987

Some of you have mentioned Tonibell in your posts. Here's one from memory lane 1987

This week we are treating you to three archive photos, 80 years apart.  Two are from 1904 and one shows Glenhaven House....
19/04/2021

This week we are treating you to three archive photos, 80 years apart. Two are from 1904 and one shows Glenhaven House. At this time, it was a house and nurseries. Home to the Pentecost family. Glenhaven Avenue houses now occupy the site.
The third photo is from 1984 and shows Shenley Road leading up to Glenhaven Avenue.

With everyone able to return to the pub garden on Monday, we have delved into our pub archive and found a photo of The S...
15/04/2021

With everyone able to return to the pub garden on Monday, we have delved into our pub archive and found a photo of The Shooting Star at Christmastime 1982.

The Shooting Star was an estate pub standing on Rossington Avenue. It has now been renamed The Oak, built in the 1950s before there was easy access to central Borehamwood's pubs.

With everyone able to return to the pub garden on Monday, we have delved into our pub archive and found a photo of The Shooting Star at Christmastime 1982.

The Shooting Star was an estate pub standing on Rossington Avenue. It has now been renamed The Oak, built in the 1950s before there was easy access to central Borehamwood's pubs.

Happy World Health Day! To celebrate, Hertsmere Healthy Hub has created a self-kindness daily checklist to help boost yo...
07/04/2021

Happy World Health Day! To celebrate, Hertsmere Healthy Hub has created a self-kindness daily checklist to help boost your health and wellbeing. Why not print this off or screenshot it to have as a reminder this month.

Happy World Health Day! To celebrate, Hertsmere Healthy Hub has created a self-kindness daily checklist to help boost your health and wellbeing. Why not print this off or screenshot it to have as a reminder this month.

We stay with the Post Office and this archive photo from the early 1950s.
06/04/2021

We stay with the Post Office and this archive photo from the early 1950s.

We stay with the Post Office and this archive photo from the early 1950s.

During lockdown, the volunteers have been recording the changes happening in Elstree and Borehamwood. These photos were ...
23/03/2021

During lockdown, the volunteers have been recording the changes happening in Elstree and Borehamwood. These photos were taken last week of the former prefabs in Theobald Street. These have been demolished and new detached houses are being constructed on the site.

Tomorrow is International Day of Happiness. This has been celebrated on 20th March since 2013.  This year's theme is: Ke...
19/03/2021

Tomorrow is International Day of Happiness. This has been celebrated on 20th March since 2013. This year's theme is: Keep Calm, Stay Wise, Be Kind.
Not too long and we can start doing the things we enjoy again, including visiting Elstree and Borehamwood Museum when it re-opens.

Two photos for your memory banks this week.  The first shows the Boulevard in the 1990s when an awning offered shoppers ...
15/03/2021

Two photos for your memory banks this week. The first shows the Boulevard in the 1990s when an awning offered shoppers protection from the sun and rain. Iceland was to become Wickes.
The second photo is of the Gate Studios mid-demolition in 2006 in preparation for the building of new homes.

March's contribution from our archives is a photo of Elstree in 1966, showing Elstree Motors.  Who remembers this?
09/03/2021

March's contribution from our archives is a photo of Elstree in 1966, showing Elstree Motors. Who remembers this?

Today is International Women's Day.  It seems appropriate to commemorate Elstree resident and Actress, Dame Anna Neagle ...
08/03/2021

Today is International Women's Day. It seems appropriate to commemorate Elstree resident and Actress, Dame Anna Neagle (1904-1986). Born Florence Marjorie Robertson, she married Herbert Wilcox, co-founder of B.I.P Studios. They lived at ‘Hartfield’ in Deacons Hill Road.

When the former MGM Studios backlot was sold for the Studio Way housing estate, the roads were named to celebrate the stars who had graced the local studios. Stars were picked who had already died, with one exception; Neagle Close after Dame Anna. She had made films at the studio, including Spring in Park Lane, which once held the record for the most number of tickets sold in UK cinemas. Another of her films was Odette, shot at the old Gate Studios next to the Borehamwood rail station.

Asked in a 1985 interview if her films had a feminist point of view, she replied: "Instinctively, yes, not consciously. I feel very strongly for women's emancipation. Now it's accepted, of course, but at the time some of the characters I played lived, it wasn't accepted."

She was bestowed with the honour of Dame of the British Empire in 1969 for her contributions to the theatre.

Today is Shrove Tuesday and whilst we don't have any photos of pancake races in Elstree and Borehamwood (unless you do? ...
16/02/2021

Today is Shrove Tuesday and whilst we don't have any photos of pancake races in Elstree and Borehamwood (unless you do? In which case, please share!) here is a photo of a much loved bakery chain which sold some tasty sweet treats.

Freestone Bakery stood for many years on the corner of Whitehouse Avenue. The Freestones had bakeries in Borehamwood and Shenley. There was another bakery owned by EJ Freestone almost opposite called The Dutch Oven and yet another on the corner of Glenhaven Avenue which had a bakehouse right at the bottom of the road. Finally another in the parade of shops in Theobald Street.

A couple of weeks ago we wrote about Elstree Brickfields in our Object of the Week feature, E.Here is an old postcard fr...
15/02/2021

A couple of weeks ago we wrote about Elstree Brickfields in our Object of the Week feature, E.
Here is an old postcard from the collection showing the entrance to Elstree Station and the path on the right hand side leading up to the brickfields.

It seems the snow hasn't finished with us yet and with more forecast for the weekend, we have dug out another wintry sce...
04/02/2021

It seems the snow hasn't finished with us yet and with more forecast for the weekend, we have dug out another wintry scene. This is Shenley Road.

Correct!  Gerald the Giraffe in Barnet Lane, next to The Manor.😀
22/01/2021

Correct! Gerald the Giraffe in Barnet Lane, next to The Manor.😀

Another Puzzle Photo for you.  Where is this?!Answer tomorrow.
21/01/2021

Another Puzzle Photo for you. Where is this?!
Answer tomorrow.

And the answer is...The sign outside the Ibis Hotel for room rates
13/01/2021

And the answer is...
The sign outside the Ibis Hotel for room rates

While the Museum has to remain closed, we aim to try to keep you entertained in a 'virtual' way.Here's another Puzzle Pi...
12/01/2021

While the Museum has to remain closed, we aim to try to keep you entertained in a 'virtual' way.
Here's another Puzzle Picture.
Where in the Wood is this?
Clue: Not a filling station.

Happy New Year!With bitterly cold wind and wintry showers in our forecast, we thought we would start 2021 with another s...
04/01/2021

Happy New Year!
With bitterly cold wind and wintry showers in our forecast, we thought we would start 2021 with another snowy photograph. This is 1927 again, when there was heavy snowfall in the area. This is Elstree High Street.

Address

96 Shenley Road
Borehamwood
WD6 1EB

Opening Hours

Tuesday 12:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 12:00 - 18:00
Thursday 12:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 15:00

Telephone

01442 454888

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The museum shop sells a variety of local history publications and greetings cards as well as an annual calendar with historic views of the town.

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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.
Calling all Max Cab drivers in Borehamwood!!! My Grandad Eric Hills passed 25 years ago now. He was a very well connected cab driver in Borehamwood in the mid 70's. I thought it would be really nice to commemorate his 25 years passing and remember him by hearing about any fun stories that may be out there, from fellow drivers and the people who knew him.... ?
Hi all, I am doing a bit of research and I wondered whether anyone can help. I am looking for people who worked at Max Cabs in Borehamwood in 1974 / 1975. If anyone worked there or knows of someone who did, please PM me. Many thanks!!!!