If you’re ever struggling for an idea of something to do in London, the British Music Experience is well worth a visit.
Housing some of the most cutting edge audio-visual technology in the world, alongside some of the most recognisable memorabilia of all time – it is the ultimate interactive museum of popular British music.
There’s plenty for promising music historians to sink their teeth into – visitors have the chance to trace historic, generation-defining moments and trends through 60 years of music history.
It features over 100 artists including The Beatles, Iron Maiden, Rolling Stones, Queen, Oasis, Coldplay and the Spice Girls.
There are exhibits helping you to learn about British music’s influence on art, fashion and politics, as well as interactive displays where you can create your ultimate virtual record collections.
It’s a fitting tribute to a country which can boast such a diverse and thriving music scene, with it spawning some of the most recognisable and lasting genres, from punk to rock and roll and Brit-pop to garage.
There are infamous, iconic pieces of British music memorabilia featured including Elton John’s glasses, David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust costume, Noel Gallagher’s Union Jack guitar, five Spice Girls outfits, Roger Daltrey’s Woodstock outfit and even Humphrey Lyttelton’s VE-Day trumpet.
And, adding to an already impressive exhibit list, a rare collection of photos of rock legends shot on the set of Top of the Pops has been put on display at the museum.
Dubbed, My Generation: The Glory Years of British Rock it brings together 200 images from Top Of The Pops 1964-1973 by Harry Goodwin.
Among the pictures are images of Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Mick Jagger, Elton John and even a theatrical portrait of guitar legend Jimi Hendrix playing his Fender using his teeth.
This extensive collection of music memorabilia and exhibitions has led to the British Music Experience being entered into the coveted European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA).
Celebrating the quality of museums in Europe, the EMYA award is the most prestigious of its kind in the region and will be presented for the 34th time later this year.
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