Reframing Vivien Leighexhibition Sun 9 Feb 2020, 14:00 – 17:30
Digital Humanities Lab
University of Exeter, Queen's Building
Queen's Drive, Exeter EX4 4QH
Reframing Vivien Leigh: Stardom, Archives and Access is a 20-month AHRC funded research project which examines how the legacies of screen star Vivien Leigh are archived and curated by a range of public institutions in the South West of England. The project takes public and academic audiences behind the scenes of local star archives to illuminate new, unseen histories of the Leigh's life and career as one of the twentieth century's most iconic female stars.
The exhibition will trace Vivien Leigh’s connections to the region through an exciting variety of materials from local museums including the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, The Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Topsham Museum.
Featuring a range of fascinating artefacts including one of Leigh’s costumes from Gone with the Wind, there will also be a whole host of new interactive digital resources. The exhibition displays will allow visitors to follow Leigh’s pathways in the region and learn more about the history of dresses, letters, costumes and other artefacts from her life and career that have found their way to the South West.
As well as this, it'll also look at the history of the Holman family, Vivien Leigh’s in-laws through her first marriage, and the work of Dorothy Holman in particular, Leigh’s sister-in-law and the founder of Topsham Museum. They'll also be a series of short talks with fan collectors and representatives from the Vivien Leigh Circle and a Q&A with curators from Topsham Museum, the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum and The Royal Albert Memorial Museum, followed by a free drinks reception in the early evening.
This event is free and open to all! To find out more click here.