Reframing Vivien Leigh Exhibition


The Reframing Vivien Leigh project is holding a launch event and exhibition on Sunday 9th February 2020, 1.00pm – 5.30pm.

The exhibition space will be open from 1pm, with our scheduled talks kicking off at 2pm. The event is free and will include a wine & soft drink reception. Please note: seating for the talks is now at capacity, but the exhibition space is open for anyone to visit 1-2 and 4-5.30.

There will be a range of exhibitions showcasing new research from the project and telling the story of Vivien Leigh’s unique connection to the region. These will include dress artefacts, photography, artwork, digital displays and 3D models of archive artefacts, drawing on research produced in collaboration with The Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Topsham Museum, and the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum.

The day will also feature a range of speakers talking about Vivien Leigh and her South West connections and a Q&A with curators from South West Museums and the V&A. Representatives from the Vivien Leigh Circle will also be present to talk about fan archiving and collecting. A complete talks schedule is included below.

To find out more about the project, you can explore our Omeka site, or follow us on Twitter.

Questions or queries about the day? Drop us an email at:


Welcome and project introduction

  • Dr. Lisa Stead and Project Research Assistant Becky Rae

Curators roundtable and Q&A

  • Rachel Nichols, Volunteer Collections Manager, Topsham Museum
  • Shelley Tobin, Assistant Curator, Royal Albert Memorial Museum
  • Dr. Phil Wickham, Curator of the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum
  • Kendra Bean, Vivien Leigh biographer and Collections Assistant, National Science and Media Museum
  • Keith Lodwick, Theatre & Screen Arts Curator, Victoria & Albert Museum

Reading: Monsieur Ka (London: Vintage, 2019)

  • Professor Vesna Goldsworthy (University of Exeter)

Vivien Leigh Circle Q&A

  • Marguerita Malyon, Vivien Leigh Circle co-founder and President
  • Alejandro Franks, Vivien Leigh Circle Vice President


The Reframing Vivien Leigh project is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the University of Exeter and is led by PI Dr. Lisa Stead with support from RA Becky Rae.

The exhibition event is part of the AHRC ECR Leadership Fellow project Reframing Vivien Leigh: Stardom, Archives and Access, led by Principal investigator Dr. Lisa Stead, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Exeter.

To find out more about the project and our ongoing research, you can explore the project Omeka site here.

You can also follow the project on Twitter at: @ReframingVL