May The Toys Be With You at Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum
20 July – 14 September 2019
On 20 July, from a galaxy far, far away comes an absolute must see for fans of Star Wars and the silver screen.
One of the UK’s finest collections of vintage Star Wars toys and original cinema posters is going on display in a stunning, free exhibition at Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum, opening on Saturday 20 July and on throughout the summer holidays.
Back when the movie Star Wars broke box office records in 1977 no one could have predicted that the merchandising would go on to earn even more than the film itself. The toys of Star Wars took the world by storm and became the must-have playthings for an entire generation. From 1977 – 1985 an estimated 300 million action figures were sold, allowing children to re-enact the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo.
Collector Matt Fox says: “May The Toys Be With You is both a celebration of the now highly collectable vintage toy line and also of the iconic design work and art of the Star Wars movies. From X-Wing Fighters to lightsabers, these fantastical designs have fired our imaginations and stamped their place on our cultural landscape”.
For little kids and big kids alike this is an unmissable opportunity to view many rarely seen Star Wars treasures, and young Jedi also have the opportunity to dress up and wield a light saber themselves!
This touring exhibition has broken visitor attendance records at a host of museums around the country, and this will be its first time in the West Midlands.
Whilst marvelling at the amazing Star Wars collection, visitors can also take their own Star Wars selfie, enjoy hands-on activities in the Millennium Falcon Cockpit and chill in the Death Star reading and soft play area as well as enjoying a number of special activity days in the school holidays.
Some very special guests are visiting the Art Gallery & Museum for the official opening of the exhibition on Saturday 20 July. Visitors are also encouraged to come in their own Star Wars costumes.
May The Toys Be With You is free and open Monday – Saturday 10.30am – 4.30pm. For more information contact the Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum on 01905 25371 or visit www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk or follow @worcestermuseum
May The Toys Be With you
20 July – 14 September 2019
Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum
Open Mon – Sat 10.30am – 4.30pm
Information via 01905 25371 or www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk
One of the UK’s finest collections of vintage Star Wars toys and original cinema posters goes on display in a stunning, free exhibition at Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum, opening on Saturday 20 July and on throughout the summer holidays. Visitors will be able enjoy hands-on activities in the Millennium Falcon Cockpit, chill in the Death Star reading and soft play area and take their own Star Wars selfie.
Saturday 20 July June 10.30am – 4.30pm
Celebrate the opening of May The Toys Be With You with special guests. Visitors are invited to come in their own Star Wars costumes.
Holiday Activity Programme 2019
Family drop in activities
11am – 3pm
£3.00 per child / no booking required (unless otherwise stated*)
Wednesday 24th July
Galaxy Pop Art
Based on the work of pop art artist Eduardo Paolozzi, we will be creating a space themed art work – using tiny mosaic tiles, nuts and bolts and paper collage materials.
Tuesday 30th July
Universe in a Box
Create a 3D universe with sparkly paint, modelling clay and plenty of moon dust!
Thursday 8th August
Super Star Spaceships
Using a whole range of exciting scraptastic material create your very own Millennium Falcon, Tie Fighter or Super Star destroyer.
Wednesday 14th August
May the costumes be with you!
Join us to make Lightsabers and Darth Vader tabards.
Monday 19th August
STOP motion STAR WARS workshop!*
11am – 3pm
Pre –booked session only (max.10)
Suitable for age 8 and above
Participants to bring a packed lunch
Join Andy from Paradise Multimedia to make a short animation film. You will make fun plastercine figures and creatures, and learn how to film in short sequence. Following the workshop, Andy will post the video to you.
Tuesday 27th August
Sun, Moon and Stars
We will be using all sorts for fun material, to create wall hangings and mobiles on a planetary theme.
AND through-out the summer holiday, please drop in to add to our Galaxy Wall – create paper cut out moons, stars , rockets and planets to decorate our Activity Space in your own space art style!
Other Star Wars related events
Museum after Hours 16th August 5.30 – 8pm, Free entry, no booking needed.
To celebrate our exciting summer exhibition May The Toys Be With You join us in a Star Wars inspired theme evening! Are you a storm trooper or Hans Solo? Take a selfie as your favourite Star Wars character. Bring out your inner wisdom with our Yoda cocktail or will your force be turned with our Dark Side cocktail? Enjoy Star Wars board games and music by DJ Ed Steelefox
Return of the Teddi bite size talk 13th August 1 – 1.30pm £3 – Star Wars and other classic toys from the Museums Worcestershire collections. Booking essential, call 01905 25371.
About Museums Worcestershire
Museums Worcestershire is the joint museum service of Worcester City and Worcestershire County Councils. It comprises three fantastic venues– Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum, the Commandery in Worcester and The County Museum at Hartlebury Castle.
The collections and exhibitions at our sites are many and varied, covering centuries of the county’s history right up to the present day. Thousands of objects, including the historic buildings themselves, are brought to life through innovative exhibitions and events throughout the year.