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#BowieandBeyond Exhibition: Help us tell the story of David Bowie in Kingston

We’ve teamed up with Kingston Museum and Creative Youth, our sister charity, for a special exhibition celebrating David Bowie’s many connections to Kingston’s music scene and the borough’s rich music heritage – but we need your help!

We’re on the lookout for any Kingston and Bowie-related items - from tickets and fashion pieces, through to mixtapes and memories - to feature in our Bowie and Beyond: Ziggy Stardust & Kingston’s Music Heritage exhibition at Kingston Museum from 31 March to 16 September.

This new exhibition looks at the remarkable moment that Ziggy Stardust was launched in Tolworth and the wider music and pop culture scene in the area. It explores the impact Bowie’s alter ego had on art, music and pop fashion and how society in Kingston reflected national and international trends, from Mary Quant makeup produced by Gala Cosmetics on the Chessington Industrial Estate, to Kingston Polytechnic’s role as music venue and creative hub. Interviews with musicians, artists and authors will complement a unique collection of items.

Help us fill the exhibition

We still have a few gaps to fill in our collection, and this is where you can help.

We’d love to hear from anyone with any connection to the ’72 Bowie gigs at either the Toby Jug Pub or Kingston Poly. We’re looking for:

  • Tickets

  • Flyers, posters or clothing

  • Photos

  • Pint glasses

  • Coasters

  • Stories or local connections to Bowie and the ’72 gigs

We’re also keen to hear from anyone with items or stories connected to the wider music scene in Kingston and the surrounding area from the 60s to 90s.

These could include:

  • Magazines

  • Tickets

  • Mixtapes

  • Albums

  • Shoes or other clothing

  • Photos of people attending or outside Kingston's live music venues

If you have something you think could help us to tell the story about Bowie in Kingston and the borough’s wider music scene, please get in touch

We will return all borrowed items to their owners at the end of the exhibition.


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