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Middle-earth exhibition

5 Aug, 2021 (edited)
2021-8-5 3:00:32 PM UTC ... ngstoke-hampshire-8212310

Not sure about the Tolkien signature in the picture, think it has been discussed on this forum before.

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6 Sep, 2021
2021-9-6 8:29:09 PM UTC
Oxford Center for Fantasy YouTube Channel

Thursday 8th September 12pm BST

Today Julia Golding is joined by Matt Fox, creator of the Magic of Middle Earth(sic) exhibition currently showing at the Willis Museum, Basingstoke, Hampshire, open until 16 October. Matt's an avid collector of Tolkien-related artifacts. Hear about his huge collection, from artworks to bigatures, how he has recreated the Battle for Helm's Deep, and the chance for you to channel your inner hobbit for a selfie on his bar stool. We discuss what collecting has taught Matt about Tolkien and why is this is different from the world of sci-fi memorabilia collecting. What's the most collectible Tolkien toy prior to the Peter Jackson films? And in the most surprising turn in the conversation, find out about Smaug's missing legs! The exhibition is due to go on tour.

27 Sep, 2023
2023-9-27 3:27:45 PM UTC
This exhibition has been at a few locations in the UK and is now going to be in Barnsley Town Hall runs from 30 September 2023 to April 2024. ... lkien-inspired-exhibition
29 Sep, 2023
2023-9-29 6:38:11 AM UTC
23 Nov, 2023
2023-11-23 6:24:36 AM UTC
A review of the exhibition.

Magic of Middle-earth: over 10,000 visitors

Having been open to the public for over a month, the ‘Magic of Middle-earth’ has exceeded expectations, drawing 10,000 visitors to the museum. This influx of visitors not only underscores the enduring popularity of Tolkien’s works but also contributes to a vibrant cultural scene in Barnsley. As the exhibition continues until 6 April, it promises to attract even more enthusiasts and curious minds, providing a unique opportunity for people to immerse themselves in the magic and depth of Middle-earth. ... lkiens-yorkshire-odyssey/
23 Nov, 2023 (edited)
2023-11-23 1:00:48 PM UTC
Interesting to see the John Howe 'Stormcrow' Gandalf painting on the wall. Surely not the original? Someone should let JH know if it is. I suspect it is a print though, the Hildebrandt Smaug certainly is. If Ted Nasmith's 'Luthien' is the original - then just 'wow' from me!

Looks like a fun exhibition anyway. Thanks for posting.
17 January (edited)
2024-1-17 4:02:11 PM UTC
Experience Barnsley Museum is looking for Britain’s Best Tolkien Memorabilia

Experience Barnsley Museum is currently hosting the ‘Magic of Middle-earth’, an exhibition which celebrates the genius of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Packed with fascinating objects and collectables, it’s a must-see for any Lord of the Rings fan. To celebrate the exhibition the museum is hosting an online event on Thursday, 21 February, between 6.30pm and 7.30pm, to find Britain’s best Tolkien memorabilia. Hosted by collector extraordinaire Matt Fox, he will give his professional opinion on the items shared, including value and relevance to the books and films. ... -best-tolkien-memorabilia

Online Facebook Event -

They also have a virtual version of the exhibition
14 February
2024-2-14 10:03:30 AM UTC ... -best-tolkien-memorabilia

Simply come back to this YouTube link at Wed, 21 Feb 2024 6:30 PM GMT to watch the live show, there will be the opportunity to ask Matt Fox questions about the items. The video will be available soon afterwards on demand

8 May
2024-5-8 2:37:01 AM UTC

Trotter wrote:

They also have a virtual version of the exhibition

I finally got a chance to check this out, thanks Trotter. Mostly seems focused on movie and other adaptations though there are some first edition books and items from Tolkien's library. I understand why places don't do this (increased cost and more work, perhaps lower actual attendance) but it would be really cool if future Tolkien exhibitions could prepare these virtual tours to go live after the exhibitions close. These exhibitions are really unique experiences and many folks simply can't afford to make it to Oxford or New York or Marquette but would love a chance to see these things, even virtually.
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