There is an exciting new exhibition coming to Leicester’s New Walk Museum and Art Gallery from 13th April to 30th June: ‘Mods: Shaping a Generation’. Open seven days a week, this fascinating collection celebrates the Mod scene in Leicester and Nottingham, through remarkable stories told by those who were there.
Based on social history author Shaun Knapp’s book Mods: Two City Connection, which explores the Mod subculture in Leicester and Nottingham in the 1960’s, this year’s exhibition celebrates the 40th anniversary of the release of cult Mod film, Quadrophenia.
There is plenty to see: as well as scooters, ephemera, and other Mod memorabilia, the exhibition features eye witness accounts and from Leicester and Nottingham Mods, which have never been seen before. You’ll also find original 1960s clothing, provided by designer Roger K Burton: Roger, a former Leicester Mod, has dressed influential artists from David Bowie to The Rolling Stones, and designed the costumes for Quadrophenia itself – some of which are on display in the exhibition.
Make sure to catch the accompanying exhibits, too: there are several short films by former Mods, and even a feature length documentary with contributions from people such as subversive playwright Joe Orton, Monty Python’s Graham Chapman, world-renowned singer Engelbert Humperdink and top-selling author of the 1980s Sue Townsend.
If that wasn’t enough, Leicester will be hosting its very own Mod-inspired festival, Revive Festival, over three weekends from 15th to 30th June. Step back in time and see films, fashion, vintage fairs, live 60’s music, vinyl records, street food, and more scooters than you can lay your eyes on! Labelled a “2019 must-see” event by ArtFund magazine, and taking place in in venues and outdoor spaces all over Leicester, it is a festival not to be missed!
BOOK a night stay now, The Holiday Inn Leicester Wigston is located a short 10-minute car – or scooter! - journey from the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery: staying with us provides an easy way to enjoy this must-see exhibition.