People’s Show of Sc-iFi Planned


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The team behind the upcoming SciFest Yorkshire 2015 are preparing the People’s Show of Sci-Fi Collectables at Tolson Memorial Museum this autumn, which will feature a range of Doctor Who, Star Trek and Star Wars artefacts (among others).

They put out an appeal for items back in August, looking for a variety of items including Darth Vader’s mask, sonic screwdrivers and lightsabers; model vehicles like the U.S.S. Enterprise or the Back to the Future DeLorean time machine; or figures of characters from Captain Kirk to Luke Skywalker and the Daleks.

The exhibition will run from October half term until early 2016 to coincide with SciFest Yorkshire, a brand new science fiction festival, organised by Kirklees Libraries, Kirklees Museums and Galleries, and the University of Huddersfield, being held between 23rd October – 1st November 2015, across various venues in Kirklees.

“The festival has something to offer everyone – from little Whovians looking for half-term entertainment to the seasoned H.G. Wells fan after an enjoyable evening of discussion,” say organisers.

“As well as author talks and book discussions, we have a host of exciting activities. For the ‘hands on’ fan we have sci-fi themed workshops, for the film enthusiast we have various screenings of sci-fi classics, and for the Cosplayers and costumers amongst us we have a costume trail around the People’s Show of Sci-Fi based at the Tolson Memorial Museum.

Whatever your age, whatever your fandom, the team are hoping both local fans and those from elsewhere will come along and get involved.

• SciFest Yorkshire is online at:

• Tolson Museum can be contacted by calling 01484 223240 or emailing Potential contributors are asked to include measurements and photos if they are emailing


The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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