Any self-respecting sci-fi buff will always thrill to the happenstance of the discovery of some new exhibition or artefact, but occasionally such an operation will throw itself in your way in the most unlikely of venues and circumstances.
Such is the case in the quiet Herefordshire town of Bromyard – so quaint and picturesque in itself that it rather more suits the appellation of ‘village’ – where can be found, without much in the way of looking, The Time Machine Museum of Science Fiction, nestling mysteriously at 12, The Square.
In fact, The Time Machine is the type of collection that will thrill even those who are not such devout fans of the genre, by presenting a beautiful collation of models, toys, screen-used props and a cornucopia of memorabilia from the golden age of sci-fi TV set happily alongside the most up-to-date acquisitions from recent Dr Who episodes featuring Matt Smith. You’ll also find some great displays from such classics as Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Star Trek, Star Wars, Red Dwarf and Buffy, that ever-resourceful vampire slayer.
The Museum is open every day during all Bank Holidays and all local School Holidays from 10.30am to 4.30pm, and the same times Wednesday to Sunday from April through to September. October to March it is still open every weekend.
A rare treat, this stunning exhibition is lovingly presided over by the owner, who delights in sharing a lifetime’s collection with his eager visitors.
At £8 a throw for adults (£6 for kids) this is an amazing experience, enhanced by authentic musical scores which add an ambience of magic and excitement, and – in our opinion, at any rate – not to be missed.
Featured on BBC 2’s Celebrity Antiques Road Trip, Friday 8th November, 2013