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Sci-fi and film exhibition in Bury St Edmunds to celebrate milestones for Doctor Who and Star Wars





A Suffolk town’s science fiction exhibition is returning later this month, celebrating milestones for two of the biggest franchises in the genre.

Fresh from the success of the Mutiny in Colour exhibition, West Suffolk Council’s Sci-Fi and Film Exhibition will open at Moyse’s Hall Museum, in Bury St Edmunds, from October 20 until January 21.

This year will mark 60 years since William Hartnell became the first travelling Time Lord in Dr Who, and 40 years since Return of the Jedi brought the original Star Wars’ trilogy to a close.

A scout trooper mask from Star Wars classic, Return of the Jedi. Pictures submitted
A scout trooper mask from Star Wars classic, Return of the Jedi. Pictures submitted

Councillor Ian Shipp, cabinet member for leisure and culture for the council said: “This is the biggest display in the 12-year history of this exhibition with more than 100 TV and movie props on display, and you don’t need to travel to a galaxy far, far away to go see it.

“While Moyse’s is primarily a history museum displaying items from a long time ago but from the area quite nearby, West Suffolk prides itself on offering a strong mix of leisure and cultural attractions such as this fans favourite.

“It’s not only something great for our local families and communities to come along and enjoy but it also attracts people to West Suffolk as well.”

A Time Lord ceremonial costume. Pictures submitted
A Time Lord ceremonial costume. Pictures submitted
An Ewok mask from Return of the Jedi. Pictures submitted
An Ewok mask from Return of the Jedi. Pictures submitted

From speeder bikes, an Ewok mask from Return of the Jedi and a lightsaber signed by Mark Hamill, to a Gallifreyan time lord costume, and the Key to Time, the exhibition will include an extensive range of original screen used props and costumes, collectables, high end replicas and memorabilia, offering fans plenty to see.

The exhibition will also shine the spotlight on British director Ridley Scott with screen props from Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, Robin Hood and Black Hawk Down as well as original props from Pirates of the Caribbean and the 1999 version of The Mummy.

West Suffolk Council’s Sci-Fi and Film Exhibition, will be open from October 20 to January 21, between 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday with last entry at 4pm, and Sundays from midday to 4pm, with last entry at 3pm.

Tickets cost £6 for adults, £3 for students and children over five, while under five go free – tickets can be paid at the door on the days or in advance by going to the What’s on West Suffolk website.