The Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Film and Popular Culture has recently launched a display cabinet outside its own walls to bring public interest to the archive and museum. Making use of empty space in Exeter city centre, volunteers from the BDC have taken over a shopfront in the Guildhall shopping centre as a neat way to promote their unique archival holdings, online catalogue and activity open days.
The BDC's Facebook page states the hope of the project to attract 'local people who previously haven't known about our collections', giving the general public 'a chance to discover them online and by visiting the galleries'.
A clever way to forge stronger links between the local community and the archival treasures of regional centres, the display features some high quality reproductions of early film fan magazines a a few selected objects from the collection. Well worth a visit.