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24th April 2018

Categories: News

Visitors will soon be able to take a nostalgic trip down memory lane with a brand new experience due to open this Summer at the Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare.

The Museum of Memories will feature thousands of items bound to transport visitors back to their childhood on a trail of discovery, through toys, sweets, breakfast cereals, memorable television programmes and seaside trips.

From Spangles, Dan Dare and ration books to Watneys Party Seven, Rock'n'Roll and the Spice Girls, this time machine will revive powerful memories of days gone by, as well as vividly conjuring up the lifestyle and culture of visitors’ parents' and grandparents' worlds.

Starting in Victorian times, this journey through 150 years of British history is laid out decade by decade. Tracing the arrival of favourite brands like Cadbury, Kellogg's and Colgate, it captures the genius of toys such as Meccano, Hornby and Monopoly, the evolution of travel and the way that cinema and radio has transformed entertainment.

Also on show is the revolution in fashion and pop music, along with the colourful graphic design of posters, packs and covers of magazines which have captured the aspirations of consumers for over a century. All this is set in the context of major historic landmarks – coronations, exhibitions, two world wars and man landing on the moon.

The Museum of Memories has been created by consumer historian Robert Opie, and will be open at the top Somerset attraction from May 26.

Robert said: “This is a story that captures the imagination. I’m hoping that whole families will visit and then the older generations can talk about personal memories and pass them on to their children and grandchildren.

“For many this exhibition will be a fascinating trip down memory lane that will bring history alive, while for children it will be a stimulating educational experience.

“This is a story about us and the stuff of daily life – surprisingly it is often the everyday things that we look back on with great fondness. Whether you remember Lyon’s individual fruit pies, Texan bars, Instant Whip, Omo or Woppa ice lollies, this will be a treat. What we have here is a treasure trove of family history; I hope visitors will be immersed in its richness. It’s a must-see for lovers of nostalgia – an emotional roller coaster ride.”    

Robert Opie began collecting the evidence of throwaway history in 1963 when still at school. In 1975 he created an exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, The Pack Age, and following its success he went on to open the Museum of Advertising and Packaging in Gloucester in 1984, later relocating to London in 2005.

Michelle Michael, co-owner of the Grand Pier, said: “We are so excited to be bringing the Museum of Memories to the Grand Pier. It is a wonderful attraction for visitors of all ages, which will spark conversation and capture imaginations. It adds yet another facet to what we offer here and in Weston as a tourist resort.

“For those in the South West who loved the Museum in Gloucester, it is another chance to see this remarkable collection.”

The Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare is a favourite Somerset tourist attraction, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. With indoor theme park rides and a Go-Kart Circuit teamed with traditional slot machines, soft play and food and beverage outlets, it is easy to see why visitors flock to the destination, a quarter of a mile out at sea.

Entry to the Museum of Memories will cost £3. Groups may be eligible for preferential rates and can enquire at

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