New phone box museum opens on Bryher

April 5, 2018

Bryher's Community Association opened a mini museum in its new phone box today.

 

 

The pop up museum features memorabilia from When the Whales Came to celebrate the film's 30th anniversary.

 

The movie, starring Helen Mirren and Paul Schofield, was based on Michael Morpurgo's book, which was set on Bryher. It shot on the island in 1988 and featured local Helen Pearce in one of the main roles, as well as many other islanders as extras.

 

It was released in early 1989 and the Town Hall was turned into a temporary cinema so islanders could see the finished result.

 

 

Issy Tibbs from Bryher Community Association said: "We are very grateful to everyone who donated items and especially Helen Pearce for doing an interview with us. There is audio equipment inside the phone box so you can listen to it.

 

"There is also an original script, unseen photos, memories from crew members, a piece of the artificial whale tusk, a call sheet and newspaper articles etc."

 

The museum will be a permanent fixture in the phone box, which the community bought from BT for £1 in March 2017. It will house a different Bryher-themed display every year.

 

 

The Community Association is also hoping to hold other events to celebrate the film’s anniversary, including guided walks.

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