A few weeks ago BlogtorWho brought you news of a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a new Museum of Classic Sci-Fi. Today we can happily report that the target has been achieved. This new museum is one step closer to becoming a reality.
Located in the village of Allendale in Northumberland, The Museum of Classic Sci-Fi is set to open this summer. The initial Kickstarter target of £5,000 was smashed with a final total of £8,937 successfully raised by backers of the project. Although reflecting the Sci-Fi genre as a whole, Doctor Who will have a significant presence. Doctor Who related items in the Museum will include a Cyberman, a Terileptil, the Garm and many more. Some of these are relics from the old Blackpool, Longleat and Llangollen Doctor Who exhibitions. Time has not been kind to some of these creations, leaving them very fragile. These alien costumes have been carefully restored to their former glory for display.
Over the past 3 years Neil Cole has converted a damp, flooded cellar in a Grade 2 listed Georgian townhouse into a museum. Funds from the Kickstarter project will aid the final completion of this process. For instance, to assist with the long-term preservation of the exhibits a heating system is to be installed. This will ensure a consistent temperature is maintained for the collection and for the comfort of visitors. The visitor experience is also important with a safe and even wooden floor also required. Final preparations will begin before an opening later this summer.