Daleks, Oods and Autons - and you’re welcome, too at Hitchin Doctor Who exhibition

Jacky Birch from British Schools Museum in Hitchin

Jacky Birch from British Schools Museum in Hitchin - Credit: Archant

If know your Ood from your Auton, or your Silurian from your Sontarian, or even your Cybermen from your Daleks –then a forthcoming exhibition in Hitchin is just for you.

Jacky Birch from British Schools Museum in Hitchin

Jacky Birch from British Schools Museum in Hitchin - Credit: Archant

The British Schools Museum, in Queen Street, is hosting an exhibition this month on the out-of-this-world hit BBC science-fiction series Doctor Who.

For nine days in August, starting from this week, visitors can get close to life-size characters from the ever-popular show which has kept generations of children and adults enthralled – with the added bonus of being able to have your photograph taken standing next to the time-travelling Doctor or striking a pose beside the Tardis.

The exhibition followed on from last year’s successful exhibition on the same topic.

Exhibition organiser Jacky Birch said: “Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the exhibition we put on last year.

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“It was also a great fundraiser for the museum with more than 100 people visiting us on a daily basis for the entire time it was on – and we certainly hope to repeat the experience again this year.”

Apart from a fantastic array of Doctor Who memorabilia and paraphenalia, visitors to the museum who are passionate about their sci-fi – and serious collectors – will be met a with sales table.

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Jacky explains: “On sale will not just be Doctor Who toys, games, books and puzzles, but star gems such as a 1987 copy of The Time Travellers Guide, The Shooting Scripts for series one in 2005 – but a mint and still sealed copy of the Doctor Who Adventures magazine dated August 16, 2007, with free quiz book.

“And if you are the lucky 1000th visitor to the exhibition you will win a copy of the newly published book: ‘The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who’ – signed by one of the authors. Una McCormack.”

The revamped museum is proving a popular spot in the town for hosting displays and exhibitions with the site launching its homage to the timeless Ladybird books.

Speaking about the ‘100 Years of Ladybird’ exhibition, which runs until November 24, museum assistant Emily Shepperson said: “British Schools Musuem is proving a bit hit with visitors. We are all excited about our new Doctor Who exhibition which I know Jacky has put a lot of work into – but we have also seen lots of visitors to our Ladybird displays too.

“Ladybird books have played a role in many lives – whether it be as children, parents, grandparents or teachers.

“With more than 200 Ladybird books in our collection you can explore a range of titles. They are timeless and have endured in popularity.

“I was having a conversation with someone only the other day about Lords Cricket Ground hosting an exhibition of cricketing Ladybird books which is testament to their popularity.

“So whether it’s Doctor Who or Ladybird books I would encourage young and old to come down and visit our exhibitions at the British Schools Museum.”

The British Schools Museum Doctor Who exhibition runs until Sunday, August 24. Opening times are Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 1.30pm, and Sundays from 2pm to 4pm. Entrance is £2 for all.

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