Weston-super-Mare’s MP John Penrose will officially open the latest attraction at the resort’s Grand Pier, the Museum of Memories, this week (Friday, 27 July, 2018).
Created by consumer historian Robert Opie, this extraordinary experience features thousands of everyday items that are displayed into a chronological context.
Starting in Victorian times, the intrepid time-traveller is taken on a journey through Britain’s consumer revolution – everything from the arrival of gramophones and motor cars to the radio and Mars bars.
For many visitors the highlight will be the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, crammed full of memory moments – Spangles, Fry’s 5 Centre, Aqua Manda, Dan Dare, Ker Plunk, Watney’s Party Seven, the rise of youth culture, transistor radios, teenage fashion and pop music.
Robert Opie said: “It’s fascinating to see how this rich tapestry of consumer history conjures up so much conversation, just from seeing such simple things as breakfast cereal boxes, crisp packs, sweet wrappers and children’s toys.
“It is amazing that these most ephemeral things trigger personnel recollections, whether for school days or a seaside holiday, a birthday party or a family treat.”
Michelle Michael, co-owner of the Grand Pier, said: “We look forward to welcoming John Penrose to formally open the Museum of Memories. His long-standing links to the resort, as well as his work as Tourism Minister during a period which included the London Olympics and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, make him the ideal VIP to open the Museum of Memories.
“I hope he discovers a few memories of his own during his visit.”