Progressing through the museum, attention is turned to the major ideas that have become the staples of the genre. Displays focus on core themes such as 'Galactic Empire', 'Exploration', 'Robots' and 'Alien Life-forms'...to name but a few! Here you will find some fascinating, unique items from landmark movies including the 'Alien', 'Star Wars' and 'Planet of the Apes' franchises in addition to classic television series such as 'Babylon-5', 'The X-Files' and many more.
The first gallery of the museum tells the story of how the science-fiction genre began, looking at the seminal work of H.G. Wells and the vintage space-heroes that populated the early pulp magazines and movie serials. Amongst many fascinating artefacts, here you will find a complete original ‘Morlock’ costume from ‘The Time Machine’ (2002) in addition to a surviving casting from the 1960’s classic movie! Also, made especially for the museum is a beautiful, life-size ‘Forbidden Planet’ 1950’s styled robot, constructed by the talented prop maker Andy Shaw.
Screen-used props, costumes and published artwork vividly illustrate the history of Science-Fiction. The unique collection begins chronologically, before branching into sci-fi's popular sub-genres: the displays have been carefully arranged to represent the different ideas underlying each.