Darth Vader To Visit Bury St Edmunds Sci-fi Exhibition

Posted 16th October 2014

Light sabers at the ready as one of Hollywood’s most famous movie villains stays a whole weekend!

The real Darth Vader is to attend the opening weekend of this year’s Sci-Fi exhibition at Moyse’s Hall Museum in Bury St Edmunds.

David Prowse, who played the Dark Lord in the original Star Wars trilogy: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, will attend the exhibition on October 25 and 26 to greet the public, sign autographs and pose for photographs.

It’s the fifth time the museum has held its two-week ‘Time & Space’ exhibition and the early visit direct from The Dark Side is just the beginning...

As well as being able to see a whole range of sci-fi costumes, props, toys and memorabilia from classics including Star Wars, Judge Dredd, Star Trek, Terminator and Cyberman, visitors will also be able to meet Doctors Who’s (Tom Baker’s) fourth assistant, Leela, played by Louise Jameson, the following weekend.

“We’re very excited about this year’s exhibition and to have stars from both Star Wars and Doctor Who come along is something very special” said Lance Alexander, St Edmundsbury Borough Council TIC and Heritage Operations Manager.

“The original Star Wars film helped spawn the whole sci-fi as blockbuster genre and Darth Vader is one of the most iconic sci-fi villains in cinema history. To honour his presence, we will also have 15-20 cosplayers in Star Wars costumes at the museum, including Stormtroopers, Princess Leia and of course, Lord Vader!”

Last year, the ‘Time & Space’ exhibition saw over 2,500 visitors attend with some traveling specially for the event from as far away as Australia. The ‘Time & Space’ exhibition follows on from the museum’s successful summer-long ‘Loving the 70s’ exhibition’, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which helped document the decade locally for generations to come.

‘Time & Space’ 2014 will include:

* Meet Darth Vader, (and Star Wars cosplayers) on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 October, 11am-4pm
* Meet Leela from Doctor Who (companion to Tom Baker’s 4th Doctor, 1977-78) on Saturday 1 November, 11am-4pm
* Items from the collections of both a local Star Wars collector, which have been exhibited internationally, and a Dr Who collector
* Star Wars props including a Darth Vader helmet and light saber made by Andrew Ainsworth, who constructed the originals, along with the Stormtrooper amour, for the original Star Wars movies
* Meet R2D2 (from Star Wars) and K9 (from Doctor Who)
* Step inside a Tardis for a spot of time traveling, or go face-to-face with a Dalek
* A Tardis (police box) door sign signed by all the surviving Doctors, including the latest, Peter Capaldi
* Drop in craft workshops for children (aged 7+) including making Android Hands and Star Wars masks.

Lance Alexander added: “Since we held the first exhibition in 2010, ‘Time & Space’ has gone from strength to strength and gained quite a reputation. It’s still very much a community event though with local people helping shape the exhibition and many coming along in sci-fi costumes. We look forward to seeing everyone.”

Actor, David Prowse, now 79, who also played roles in TV sci-fi classics, such as The Tomorrow People, Space 1999, The Beta Cloud, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, said: “I’m very much looking forward to meeting the people of West Suffolk. The Moyse’s Hall exhibition sounds impressive, most impressive, and I am looking forward to meeting Star Wars, and science fictions fans, from all over the region.”

For more information on this exhibition, click here