Reframing Vivien Leigh Exhibition


Reframing Vivien Leigh Exhibition

Sunday 9th February 2020

The Digital Humanities Lab, Streatham Campus, University of Exeter

2pm – 5.30pm (final timings tbc)

Join us for an afternoon exploring the unique connection between Vivien Leigh and the South West!

Our exhibition will trace Vivien Leigh’s connections to the region through an exciting variety of materials from local museums including the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, The Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Topsham Museum.

The exhibition will feature a range of fascinating artefacts including one of Leigh’s costumes from Gone with the Wind and a host of new interactive digital resources. The exhibition displays will allow visitors to follow Leigh’s pathways in the region and learn more about the history of dresses, letters, costumes and other artefacts from her life and career that have found their way to the South West. We look at the history of the Holman family, Vivien Leigh’s in-laws through her first marriage, and the work of Dorothy Holman in particular, Leigh’s sister-in-law and the founder of Topsham Museum.

The exhibition will include a series of short talks with fan collectors and representatives from the Vivien Leigh Circle and a Q&A with curators from Topsham Museum, the BDCM and RAMM, followed by a free drinks reception in the early evening.

This event is free and open to all!

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