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Hundreds arrive for Bury St Edmunds sci-fi exhibtion




The Force was definitely strong in Bury St Edmunds at the weekend as movie fans arrived for the town’s annual sci-fi exhibition.

Despite many events this year being cancelled, organisers decided to press ahead with what is now the 12th exhibition of its kind, with visitor safety a ‘priority concern’.

This year the Moyse’s Hall exhibition, entitled The Museum Strikes Back, featured screen-used movie and TV props, artwork, studio replicas and also offered the chance to meet an iconic 80s puppet-baddie.

Left to right: Bobby Bluett, Penelope Richardson and William Richardson with Darth Vader and Stormtroopers. Picture by Mecha Morton
Left to right: Bobby Bluett, Penelope Richardson and William Richardson with Darth Vader and Stormtroopers. Picture by Mecha Morton

“We had several hundred people visit us during the open weekend with safety being our utmost priority,” said heritage officer AlexMcWhirter.

“We worked out during in lockdown we can host up to 110 people across the the museum as a whole, with Covid-19 safety rules and regulations in place. And it all went smoothly.

The Gremlin from Gremlins II certainly proved a hit as did the screen used, full sized Dalek, originally from the 1970s.

"We are not carrying out our usual workshops this year but there are quizzes and trails.”

This year, marks the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back - the movie which introduced fans to Yoda, and in which Darth Vader sensationally revealed to Luke Skywalker: “I am your father”.

The exhibition also celebrates 40 years since Galactica arrived on TV screens, a spin-off from 1978’s Battlestar Galactica.

The Museum Strikes Back runs until December 20 and standard admission charges apply. Visit www.moyseshall.org for details.

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