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A grand day out with Wallace and Gromit

By July 10, 2014 September 23rd, 2018 No Comments

It is sketches like this that remind me of why I fell in love with Wallace & Gromit; well Gromit especially. Last Summer I couldn’t wait to move to Bristol to go searching for those cheeky pooches dotted around the city. Every time I was sent a picture of another discovered Gromit the more envious I became until I could go hunting for them myself.

Sketch of Wallace and Gromit scene

Sketch from a scene in The Wrong Trousers

Nearly a year on and the magic of Wallace & Gromit is alive again in M Shed, with a gallery full of props and set pieces and the story behind the making of these loveable characters.

You can imagine my delight when #PROSPECTUS was invited along to the preview and the opportunity to interview David Sproxton, Co-Founder of Aardman Animations, and Merlin Crossingham, Creative Director for Wallace & Gromit.

The exhibition was buzzing this week. Children were giggling, adults were giggling and that very recognisable theme tune was playing in the background, but it was a very different view to the one I saw a month ago.

And even some of the exhibits had been moved.

Not even the experienced lighting technician could make those shadows disappear, who I spoke to at the preview event. Where did the rocket go? In a much better position if I’m honest. I won’t spill the beans too much but let’s just say that the exhibition, the position of the items and story that flows through the room is as detailed and planned as a Wallace & Gromit animation.

Gromit and Feather McGraw

Model of Gromit chasing Feather McGraw

No matter how great the exhibition is, one big question for me is the entry price. By pure coincidence I went on a free entry day, however had I paid I feel I would have needed to either stay inside the exhibition for a bit longer or combine it with a visit to the M Shed museum (which is free I might add). But don’t let me put you off, I went on my own without a fellow Wallace & Gromit enthusiast to chat and reminisce with, so go and see it for yourself. Just make sure you open every drawer and door!

It’s open until 7 September with two more free entry days (16 July and 20 August) and I happened to see that you can get 2for1 tickets with First Great Western!

David Sproxton and Merlin Crossingham Aardman Animations

David Sproxton, Co-Founder of Aardman Animations, and Merlin Crossingham, Creative Director of Wallace & Gromit

For more information and events see www.bristolmuseums.org.uk.

This post first appeared on Bristol #PROSPECTUS, a project that has now ended.