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Celebrating the changing face of Elstree and Borehamwood

Last Modified January 17, 2017

A new exhibition celebrating a century of migration to Elstree and Borehamwood is opening soon.

‘From village to town: celebrating a century of migration’ is displaying at Elstree and Borehamwood Museum on the top floor of the community hub at 96 Shenley Road, and will run between 17 January and 8 July.

The exhibition, put together by volunteers, includes interviews with over 50 local residents on their recollections and memories of coming to the borough.

At the heart of the exhibition are several audio posts where visitors can listen on traditional telephones to excerpts from some of the interviews. Personal objects, loaned by contributors and other members of the community, tell the stories of their moving and settling in Elstree and Borehamwood.

Councillor Brenda Batten, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Health said: “The exhibition details the migrating history of the people of Elstree and Borehamwood, taking a look at the varied cultures and nationalities that make our town so diverse and inclusive.

“It is wonderful that so many residents have been able to take an active part in this exhibition, sharing their recollections and experiences. It will hopefully bring back many memories to visitors and serve as a fascinating insight for the young people of Elstree and Borehamwood.

“This exhibition has been 18 months in the making. I would like to recognise the hard work and continued enthusiasm of all the volunteers at the museum, as well as thank the people who have shared their stories.”

Filmed interviews and audio recordings conducted as part of the research for the exhibition are also available on the museum’s website www.elstree-museum.org.uk/oral-histories.php

‘From village to town: celebrating a century of migration’ is open from Tuesdays to Thursdays from 12pm to 6pm. And on Saturdays from 10am to 3pm. Admission is free.

Posted on Tuesday 17th January 2017

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