An upcoming sci-fi exhibition in Bury St Edmunds has beamed up a rare piece of memorabilia - the original 1970s space suit worn by Star Trek’s Spock.
Moyse’s Hall Museum has secured the suit for its Sci-Fi & Action Exhibtion, which opens on the weekend of October 24 and 25 and features an array of props, costumes, replicas and rare collectibles.
Four stars of sci-fi and action films have also been lined up for the opening weekend including Paul Blake (Greedo - A New Hope, 1977), Michael Carter (Bib Fortuna - Return of the Jedi 1983), Chris Bunn (the original Star Wars Stormtrooper on whom the first Stormtrooper costume was based) and Martin Ballantyne (one of Joker’s henchmen in The Dark Knight).
Meanwhile, Madeleine Smith - Miss Caruso, the first Roger Moore-era Bond Girl - will be at the museum on October 30.
Dan Clarke, heritage officer at St Edmundsbury Borough Council, said: “The suit will arrive next week - we are excited to have been able to bring this amazing piece of sci-fi history to Bury St Edmunds.
“We have teamed up with one of the world’s leading prop and memorabilia companies, Prop Store, to make this happen and it will be unveiled on the opening weekend, and then on display in the main exhibition for the remaining three weeks of the event.
“It is difficult to describe the lasting cultural impact of the original Star Trek television series. Originally taking its inspiration from Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, very little today in the world of science fiction would be the same without it. Some argue that it is the most important sci-fi show of all time.”
There will be other items from TV and movie classics such as Star Wars, Star Trek and Dr Who, as well as action genre movies Iron Man, Hellboy, Batman, James Bond, and the Marvel and DC comic franchises.
This year the exhibition will also feature a special Museums At Night late night opening experience on October 24 when people can visit and see the lights gleaming in Terminator’s eyes, the famous Bat Signal, and even the odd lightsabre or two.
Mr Clarke added: “We are now in the process of clearing the Grand Hall putting the exhibition together.
We are excited to have been able to bring this amazing piece of sci-fi history to BuryDan Clarke
“Chewbacca arrived this week, along with R2D2, a couple of Ewoks, and with some extremely rare collectibles including the very first comic in which Iron Man appeared in 1963.
“The exhibition is designed to be more than just a sci-fi fair, however, and instead take a detailed look into the history and context of the sci-fi and action genres, with many of the exhibits coming from local collectors.
“At The Museums at Night evening, people will be able to mingle with costumed characters and experience the exhibition is a whole new light.
“We look forward to seeing everyone, and until then: May the Force be with you, or in the words of Spock: Live Longer and Prosper.”
The Norwich Star Wars Club - Suffolk Division will open the event on Saturday, October 24 after marching through the town in costume.