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Star Trek The Exhibition (Blackpool)

Star Trek: The Exhibition was a Star Trek exhibition, for which a dedicated, albeit temporary, museum, the "Star Trek Filmwelt Center Exhibition", was actually established in Blackpool, United Kingdom. [1] The exhibition was organized by noted German genre memorabilia collector Martin Netter, through his "Filmwelt Center" company. It was advertised to open on 8 June 2016, but the opening date had to be rescheduled to 8 July 2016, due to delays in the shipping-in of some exhibits. [2]

When the exhibition opened, it was one of multiple celebrations hosted by the city in honor of Star Trek's 50th anniversary. The exhibition is situated on the seaside resort's promenade (also known as the Golden Mile) and features, among other displays, two full-scale replicas of sets: the bridge of the USS Enterprise (in its TOS configuration), and a transporter. A large replica of the shuttlecraft El-Baz's exterior, signed by many of the cast and crew who worked on the filmed Star Trek productions, is also featured in the exhibition.

Behind-the-scenes documents on display include the final draft scripts of TOS: "The Trouble with Tribbles" (with hand-written revisions), TNG: "Identity Crisis", DS9: "Defiant", VOY: "Fury", and ENT: "The Expanse", as well as a call sheet from the production of VOY: "Extreme Risk".

Many costumes, props, and elements of sets are also on show at the exhibition. In a Star Trek-esque corridor, the following costumes are displayed:

Other costumes on show at the exhibition include:

The props and set elements include:

Also on display are some makeup appliances. For instance, displayed in the same exhibit as Spock's headband from The Voyage Home is a pair of stock Vulcan ear appliances used in many of the films and TV series. An assortment of Klingon makeup appliances are on show too, together in a single exhibit. These include a full-face latex mask from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, a mask featuring forehead ridges and nose, a reference Polaroid of Gary Hunter wearing Klingon makeup in DS9: "The House of Quark", as well as a pair of head molds that were used to make Klingon masks.

Looped clips from several episodes are also on display. These include TOS installments "The Trouble with Tribbles", "Arena", "Mirror, Mirror", "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield", "Journey to Babel", and ENT: "Fight or Flight".

Originally, most of the exhibits in the costume corridor (exceptions being the Vulcan display featuring Spock's headband, as well as the Phase II costume) was completely open to visitors, though glass panels were later installed to prevent visitors touching them. The Klingon makeup display has also been slightly rearranged during the exhibition's run. Lighting has been added to the Romulan (green), Klingon (red), and Borg (green) display areas. Also, several of the descriptive blurbs about each of the technology props have been revised (for example, one of the aforementioned isolinear chips was originally labeled "USB stick", the microtapes were at first labeled "memory cards", and the multipurpose remote control was initially called simply "door opener").

The last room of the exhibition originally displayed a trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness and a trailer for Star Trek Beyond. However, this was updated with Star Trek: Discovery content in 2017 (an advertisement for the series is also on show at the entrance). On demonstration in the room was a behind-the-scenes video about DIS (both videos regarding the series were provided to the exhibition courtesy of Netflix). The same room additionally featured a set of three Starfleet uniforms, the command chair from the USS Discovery, a Klingon mek'leth, a Starfleet-issue phaser, a set of four Starfleet insignia badges (a gold command division lieutenant's badge, a copper operations division lieutenant's badge, and two silver ensign badges: one for sciences and one for medical), a Vulcan IDIC badge, and a Vulcan pendant. At the end of October 2017, the DIS display went on a world tour, first appearing at a screening of the DIS Season 1 episode "Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum" at London's Millbank Tower on 5 November 2017.

New Exhibits have been added in March 2018. The Exhibition was open until the 4 November 2018.

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