There’s sad news for fans of The Time Machine Museum of Science Fiction based in Bromyard, Herefordshire, which, it’s been announced, will close its doors in September – and all assets will be sold at auction.
Home to a plethora of props and costumes, the Museum offers visitors the opportunity to get up close to items from Doctor Who, Red Dwarf, Star Wars, Star Trek, Thunderbirds, Stingray and Captain Scarlet – with many more surprises, too.
Run by Andy Glazzard, all of the exhibits in this independent exhibition, which has no connection to the BBC, are stunningly displayed and lit very atmospherically in a “Creepy Dungeon”, which has many rooms and corridors to explore. There’s something lurking around every corner!
Its Doctor Who items – which include the last surviving Mechanoid, featured in the First Doctor story The Chase, are widely considered to be one of the finest anywhere with many screen used items from both the Classic and the New series, while the Gerry Anderson items include 16 full size puppets, dioramas and memorabilia.
The Museum also owns the original flying model of the Red Dwarf Starbug, and the Series 8 Kryten Gold costume.
The closure was announced on the Museum’s Facebook Page earlier this week, but Andy has not explained the reasons for the closure, but its clear it will be much missed. Details of the prop auction have yet to be announced.
Although not a modern, purpose built Museum with all mod cons, part of its charm is how it manages to house so many treasures within its confines, as if mirroring the vast inside of the TARDIS itself! It’s an authenticity Andy loves about the building, which was originally a Bakery for the local area, its cellars and bakery rooms now used to house the exhibits.
Being located in such an old building gives the exhibits an especially menacing presence and this is enhanced with the correct use of lighting, their Facebook page notes. Visitors go from room to room and into sinister looking arched cellars, which lends a truly spine chilling frisson to the whole experience which even extends to Andy.
“Every now and then I have a cold shiver running down my spine when I’m in there alone, doing some maintenance work late at night,” he says.
Be afraid, very afraid you might say, but if you can brave it then it is well worth visiting a unique part of living sci fi history in Bromyard, Herefordshire, before it’s gone for good…
• The Time Machine Museum of Science Fiction is at 12 The Square, Bromyard, Herefordshire, HR7 4BP. Entrance to the exhibition is via a police box which is in the foyer of the museum. The museum is unfortunately not suitable for wheelchairs.
Open 10.30am to 4.30pmApril to September inclusive – Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Open every Bank Holiday Monday. Parties by appointment throughout the year. Admission Charges: Adult (17+) £8; Child (5+) £6; Concession £7; Family Ticket (2 adults and 2 childen) £25.