Explore this unique Marvel Studios’ ‘Black Panther’ exhibition as it tours Suffolk to share stories of empowerment
Original costumes from Marvel Studios’ global blockbuster, Black Panther, are part of a progressive exhibition, which is touring Suffolk this year. Power of Stories features the Oscar-winning outfits of T’Challa (aka Black Panther), Okoye and Shuri – they are the very same ones used in the movie and can’t be seen anywhere else in the UK.
Worn by Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira and Letitia Wright in the film set in the fictional, futuristic African nation of Wakanda, the costumes designed by Ruth E Carter must be seen up close to fully appreciate the incredible work that went into creating them.
Check out the African geometric symbols 3D-printed into T’challa’s suit. Take in the exquisite beading, leatherwork and jewellery on Okoye’s Dora Milaje uniform. Feel inspired by Shuri’s intelligence and sass as you stand in front of her Final Battle outfit.
After breaking footfall records during its initial four-month run in Ipswich, Suffolk, in 2021, Power of Stories is now set to tour Suffolk throughout 2022 and into 2023.
Starting at Moyse’s Hall Museum, in Bury St. Edmunds until 28 April. The exhibition then moves on to the Food Museum in Stowmarket this summer, from May 28 till 9 October and it will finish at Britten Pears Arts from October till January 2023 in the gallery at Snape Maltings.
All towns can be accessed by train, so if you’ve never been to Suffolk before, this is the perfect excuse!
This remarkable exhibition isn’t just about the costumes (although they’re sensational and worth the trip to Suffolk), it is much more than your average museum exhibition.
That’s because Power of Stories is literally making history and increasing representation of the Black community as it moves from venue to venue.
Each museum will re-imagine Power of Stories; curators will customise it to work in their unique spaces, add relevant items from their own collections, and include historic stories and objects on loan from their local Black communities. So, the exhibition is also providing a platform for voices and stories of the African Caribbean community after generations of not being seen or heard.
All museums will be working with African Caribbean community curators, such as local Africa historian Imani Sorhaindo, to ensure narratives and placement of objects are appropriate and respectful. If you don’t know much about decolonisation yet, this is an example of great work in heritage.
Power of Stories offers something for everyone. Whether you want to learn about Black culture outside the big cities, or whether you’re a heritage buff, a Marvel fan, a fashion lover, a costume designer, or just a curious culture seeker, grab your train ticket before everyone else hears about this!
Here is a summary of the planned Power of Stories tour locations and dates:
- Moyse’s Hall Museum, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk – Monday 28 January to Thursday 28 April (nearest train station is Bury St Edmunds)
- Food Museum, Stowmarket, Suffolk – 28 May till 9 October 2022 (nearest train station is Stowmarket)
- Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, Suffolk – October to January 2023 (nearest train station is Saxmundham, then an on-demand electric shuttle bus to the venue)
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