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

Operating as usual

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.

Wishing all our Facebook Friends a very Happy Christmas.  Look forward to seeing you when we can safely open again.
23/12/2020

Wishing all our Facebook Friends a very Happy Christmas. Look forward to seeing you when we can safely open again.

Another festive photo for today's Digital Advent Scrapbook.This is Buckettsland Lane, Well End.  The lanes around Well E...
23/12/2020

Another festive photo for today's Digital Advent Scrapbook.
This is Buckettsland Lane, Well End. The lanes around Well End provided a filming location for On the Buses and Randall and Hopkirk (deceased) amongst others.

Correct!In the side of Yeo Estate Agents in Shenley Road.In the days of the Dutch Oven this window did not exist.
22/12/2020

Correct!
In the side of Yeo Estate Agents in Shenley Road.
In the days of the Dutch Oven this window did not exist.

From the Digital Advent Scrapbook today is another Puzzle Picture.  Where in the Wood is this...Clue: A round window in ...
21/12/2020

From the Digital Advent Scrapbook today is another Puzzle Picture. Where in the Wood is this...
Clue: A round window in a wall that was not always there.
Answers tomorrow.

Welcome to Friday's Digital Advent Scrapbook item.  This is Aberford Park, both in snow and springtime.The park was purc...
18/12/2020

Welcome to Friday's Digital Advent Scrapbook item. This is Aberford Park, both in snow and springtime.

The park was purchased in stages starting in 1888 and after the First World War a sewage works was constructed, although by the 1940/50s this was out of use and the area was used for landfill. Subsequently, the area was transformed into a public park with lakes which now form part of a flood relief system for the town.
The lakes are home to a variety of wildlife including nesting swans.
It is the largest of the four Borehamwood parks and a Green Flag Award winner for four consecutive years

The park has enjoyed a high level of investment in recent years, with several facilities predominately for teenagers, including a skate park, climbing boulder, teen shelter and the electronic DJ booth to play and mix songs straight from your mobile. These are known collectively as the Action Zone, to promote activity amongst young people.
A wide range of other facilities are offered, including community centre, café, toilets, two play areas, multi-sports court, seasonal pond and a cycleway.

Due to its proximity to the BBC and Elstree Film Studios the park has also been used for several films and television programmes such as Randall and Hopkirk (deceased), East Enders, Grange Hill and Birds of a Feather.

Today's treat from the Digital Advent Scrapbook is another festive photo.  This is when snow really was snow!Furzehill R...
17/12/2020

Today's treat from the Digital Advent Scrapbook is another festive photo. This is when snow really was snow!
Furzehill Road, 1927.

You're right!Climbing frame at Aberford Park.
16/12/2020

You're right!
Climbing frame at Aberford Park.

Today's Puzzle Picture clue is 'Metal Ribs'. Where in the Wood is this? Answer tomorrow.
15/12/2020

Today's Puzzle Picture clue is 'Metal Ribs'. Where in the Wood is this? Answer tomorrow.

Today's Advent Digital Scrapbook item is another festive photo.  Edgwarebury Hotel in the snow.  Now known as The Manor,...
14/12/2020

Today's Advent Digital Scrapbook item is another festive photo. Edgwarebury Hotel in the snow. Now known as The Manor, Elstree.

Fond memories of Barbara Windsor and her long association with Borehamwood and Elstree.  We pay our condolences to her f...
14/12/2020

Fond memories of Barbara Windsor and her long association with Borehamwood and Elstree. We pay our condolences to her family and all who knew and loved her.

Correct!Haberdashers Rugby Football Club in Croxdale Road.The club moved its playing field from Mill Hill to Borehamwood...
11/12/2020

Correct!
Haberdashers Rugby Football Club in Croxdale Road.
The club moved its playing field from Mill Hill to Borehamwood in 1935
It took two years to raise £1400, enough to build this clubhouse finally opening in 1937.
Before the building of Croxdale Road in the 1950s.the entrance to the field was beyond this building and directly onto Theobald Street.

Welcome to today's Digital Advent Scrapbook surprise.  We have a puzzle photo again for you.  This has stood in Borehamw...
10/12/2020

Welcome to today's Digital Advent Scrapbook surprise. We have a puzzle photo again for you. This has stood in Borehamwood for 80 years. But where is it located?
Answer tomorrow...

Morning all, today's Digital Advent Scrapbook photo is another festive one for you.  This is the Elstree Way Hotel on a ...
09/12/2020

Morning all, today's Digital Advent Scrapbook photo is another festive one for you. This is the Elstree Way Hotel on a winter's day.

Well done!  Obviously too easy.  Hollywood Court. Built in 1935 on the site of the former Elstree Country Club. This was...
08/12/2020

Well done! Obviously too easy. Hollywood Court. Built in 1935 on the site of the former Elstree Country Club. This was built with the intention that film stars and movie personnel could rent somewhere locally to stay during film production, hence the name Hollywood Court.

Today's Digital Advent Scrapbook item is a Puzzle Photo.  Can you work out where this is in the Wood.  Clue: Built befor...
07/12/2020

Today's Digital Advent Scrapbook item is a Puzzle Photo. Can you work out where this is in the Wood. Clue: Built before WWII.
Answers tomorrow!

Elstree and Borehamwood Museum's cover photo
03/12/2020

Elstree and Borehamwood Museum's cover photo

Unfortunately the Museum is still unable to open due to the closure of the top floor of 96 Shenley Road in line with soc...
03/12/2020

Unfortunately the Museum is still unable to open due to the closure of the top floor of 96 Shenley Road in line with social distancing precautions.
However, we are going to continue with our Virtual Museum theme and share a Digital Advent Scrapbook with you all. We will post some festive photos, some Where in the Wood photos and some of our Museum objects too.
Thank you for your continued support and we hope to be able to see you in person in the new year.

Today we kick off with a snowy scene in Cowley Hill. Please feel free to share any of your snowy photos too.

In Commemoration of Remembrance Sunday, we would like to share a collection of photos from our archive.
09/11/2020

In Commemoration of Remembrance Sunday, we would like to share a collection of photos from our archive.

These photos of the shopping experience in Lockdown were shared by Susan Alywin and show Potters Bar Tesco.
15/10/2020

These photos of the shopping experience in Lockdown were shared by Susan Alywin and show Potters Bar Tesco.

Thanks to Susan Aylwin for sharing these photos of Potters Bar Tesco in March this year. Let's hope we never have a return to those queues!

Please can you help!We need photos of Borehamwood in the 1990s for a new display we are working on.  Sadly our archive l...
06/10/2020

Please can you help!

We need photos of Borehamwood in the 1990s for a new display we are working on. Sadly our archive lacks a lot of photos from this decade so if you have an image you are willing to share for our new display, we would love you to post on this page or email [email protected]

Here's one of the few we do have which shows Hanson's Tea Rooms in the 1990s

We are in October and this month's slice of the past shows the prefab buildings in Theobald Street.  These are currently...
05/10/2020

We are in October and this month's slice of the past shows the prefab buildings in Theobald Street. These are currently in the process of being knocked down.

These belonged to Organ Hall Farm and date from the 1940s
Currently under demolition, the prefab was thought to have been occupied by one of the Salter family who owned the farm until 2017.

A fire destroyed much of the original Organ Hall farm buildings which were to the left side of the prefabs and demolished in the early 1990s to become the Organ Hall housing estate. The farm was rebuilt on the north side of the prefabs with the newer looking metalclad barns.

Please be serious not silly!  These school pupils are certainly serious!  Medburn School in 1910 - Please #shareyourmemo...
03/09/2020

Please be serious not silly! These school pupils are certainly serious! Medburn School in 1910 - Please #shareyourmemories HYOC2020 Hertfordshire Museums

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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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!!!!