Guildhall Shopping & Dining has partnered with Pop-Up Exhibitions Ltd and Torquay Museum to bring four touring exhibitions into the heart of Exeter city centre.
Pop-Up Exhibitions, a national touring exhibitions company has been taking its exhibitions around the UK since 2010. “We have mostly worked with Museum venues to show our exhibitions which have been seen by hundreds of thousands of people from the Isle of Wight to Inverness” said Pop-Up Exhibitions Director, Barry Chandler. “But with the changes in the high street and the availability of new spaces we have been considering ways to bring exhibitions into the shopping centres, mixing a cultural experience with retail and leisure. This is a new venture for us.”
Guildhall Shopping & Dining and Aviva have provided the Tony Pryce / Animal premises, close to St Pancras Church, at ground and first floor, free of charge, to facilitate showing the four exhibitions. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Pop-Up Exhibitions Ltd and Torquay Museum over four exciting exhibitions this Summer. This will be a fantastic addition to the Centre over a key period and a great way of bringing the past to life!” commented Chris Tyler Short, Operations Manager at Guildhall Shopping & Dining.
Pop-Up Exhibitions mixes themes of history with popular culture and film and we will be showing exhibitions on Pirates! Fact and Fiction, Samurai: Warriors of Japan and Way of the Warrior: Epic Movie Props and Costumes. There will be some spectacular costumes and props on display from films and television series such as Black Sails, Peter Pan, Alexander, Hercules, The Last Samurai, Warhorse and Saving Private Ryan among many others. This last costume links to Torquay Museum’s exhibition exploring the events leading up to D-Day in this 75th commemorative year. The Museum will be putting artefacts, documents, uniforms and photographs on display supported by the memories of those people that we involved in the preparations. “The project will allow Torquay Museum to reach new audiences outside Torbay with this internationally important story. South Devon has an incredibly important D-Day story to tell and we have been collecting items and memories relating to D-Day for over 20 years”. Said Basil Greenwood the Director of Torquay Museum. “The sacrifices made by so many in this region will be remembered in this exhibition”.
The displays will have many real objects and a range of interactive items for visitors to touch or try on. These include items of costume and armour some of which were used in Hollywood movies. The exhibitions will appeal to film fans and those interested in history, piracy, and military history and is suitable for all ages with trails for children. The project is not grant or taxpayer funded, and with the kind provision of the premises by Guildhall Shopping and Dining and Aviva, we have been able to keep the entrance fees low to allow anyone to come and see these exhibitions. We have full disabled access and your ticket will give you entrance to the site for the day so you can mix the experience with shopping or eating at Guildhall Shopping & Dining. Follow Guildhall Shopping & Dining or Torquay Museum’s Facebook page for details of special events throughout the summer.