The Doctor Who Exhibition was held at Longleat House, and became the longest Doctor Who exhibition running for almost 30 years.
Longleat House was the stately home near Warminster in Wiltshire, and home to the Marquess of Bath. It also included Britain's first safari park and garden maze. It was open to the public, along with other attractions held on the grounds. The exhibition, along with the site, also came to be the home of many a Doctor Who convention.
Notable elements Edit
- It was promoted in continuity announcements at the time, following the programme broadcasts.
- A promotional item on Blue Peter in 1980 saw presenter Tina Heath encounter the Virus Nucleus and John Nathan-Turner previewing the forthcoming Season 18.
- Based within an old stable block at Longleat House this was a somewhat smaller exhibition space than the Doctor Who Exhibition Blackpool.
- This exhibition featured the TARDIS console which was first exhibited in the BBC tv Special Effects Exhibition.
- Like the Blackpool exhibition this had a seasonal opening.
- The was also, like the Blackpool exhibition opened in 1974, however, while the Blackpool exhibition closed in 1985, this exhibition ran far longer; until 2003!
- Like Blackpool during the winter months the exhibitions would be updated with props from stories that had recently been on TV at the time.
Fire in 1996 Edit
Site for conventions Edit
As the Longleat Estate had a large amount of space on site this the estate and the exhibition were the site of several Doctor Who conventions throughout the years.