First Open Day arrived! – Seeds are germinating.


Saturday 25th October 2008 arrived and I picked up Lisa, Jenny and Juan and we headed off to the Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

WOW and a huge congratulations to Jenny, Lisa (Capsule) and Kate and her great team at the gallery who had completely transformed the exhibition space. It looked amazing – where there had once been bare walls and an empty room now stood beautifully displayed island units with wonderful memorabillia and the walls were covered in artwork and information for all the visitors we were hoping would arrive.

There were tables where mainly children/teens could colour in Black Sabbath images courtesy of Aye Jay also the fab Wolverhampton team were on hand offering design your own t-shirt and badge making. I did say mainly children/teens as plenty of adults during the course of the day actually participated in the activities , including me – I made badges and t-shirts for my girls to wear at the Birmingham Home of Metal Open Day.

Johnny Doom was setting up his Kerrang Radio DJ and interview space as the rest of the Ambassadors arrived and we set up all the sections and,slowly but surely, people of all age groups began to appear – All our well scattered seeds had begun to germinate.

Fuelled by an everlasting flow of coffee and tea courtesy of the Gallery we happily recieved information to record verbally and some wonderful memorabillia to photograph and document. Johnny Doom‘s interviews with :Jim Simpson – Big Bear (nickname given him by DJ John Peel) who runs one of the oldest independant labels in the Uk and :Digby Pearson – Dig who founded and runs Earache Records, which has been home to outfits Napalm Death and Godflesh as well as a host of other extreme bands; proved to be a great success seeing the space filled with a diverse age range of interested people.

Jenny and Lisa chatting to Jim Simpson and friend prior to his interview with Johnny Doom.

The Digby Pearson and Johnny Doom Interview.

At lunch time there was a fantastic spread of sandwiches and fruit etc. laid on by the Gallery which was yummy – it was also really nice that the food was situated in the film screening area as we all got to see some of the wonderful footage which was shown throughout the day.

The films screened were Motor City Music Years produced by Roger Shannon and Johnie Turpie, The Scum Story courtesy of Earache, Judas Priest – British Steel directed by Tim Kirby, Led Zeppelin – Interview courtesy of Classic Rock Magazine and Napalm Death – The DVD courtesy of Earache Records.

A special mention has to go to Lisa Bardsley who very kindly lent a copious amount of memorabillia for this and future Open Days – the display cases would not have been the same without your generosity!

Well done everyone it was a great day and yes we did cope and more importantly yes people came – bearing treasured items to be archived and stories to be recorded.

And so it has begun ………Home of Metal may you rock n roll into the future.

!!!!20 DAYS TO GO to the HOME OF METAL OPEN DAY at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery!!!!

Saturday 25th October 2008 arrived and I picked up Lisa, Jenny and Juan and we headed off to the Wolverhampton Art Gallery. WOW and a huge congratulations to Jenny, Lisa (Capsule) and Kate and her great team at the gallery who had completely transformed the exhibition space. It looked amazing – where there had once been bare walls and an empty room now stood beautifully displayed island units with wonderful memorabillia and the walls were covered in artwork and information for all the visitors we were hoping would arrive. There were tables where mainly children/teens could colour in Black Sabbath images courtesy of Aye Jay also the fab Wolverhampton team were on hand offering design your own t-shirt and badge making. I did say mainly children/teens as plenty of adults during the course of the day actually participated in the activities , including me – I made badges and t-shirts for my girls to wear at the Birmingham Home of Metal Open Day. Johnny Doom was setting up his Kerrang Radio DJ and interview space as the rest of the Ambassadors arrived and we set up all the sections and,slowly but surely, people of all age groups began to appear – All our well scattered seeds had begun to germinate.

Fuelled by an everlasting flow of coffee and tea courtesy of the Gallery we happily recieved information to record verbally and some wonderful memorabillia to photograph and document. Johnny Doom‘s interviews with :Jim Simpson – Big Bear (nickname given him by DJ John Peel) who runs one of the oldest independant labels in the Uk and :Digby Pearson – Dig who founded and runs Earache Records, which has been home to outfits Napalm Death and Godflesh as well as a host of other extreme bands; proved to be a great success seeing the space filled with a diverse age range of interested people.

Jenny and Lisa chatting to Jim Simpson and friend prior to his interview with Johnny Doom.

The Digby Pearson and Johnny Doom Interview. At lunch time there was a fantastic spread of sandwiches and fruit etc. laid on by the Gallery which was yummy – it was also really nice that the food was situated in the film screening area as we all got to see some of the wonderful footage which was shown throughout the day. The films screened were Motor City Music Years produced by Roger Shannon and Johnie Turpie, The Scum Story courtesy of Earache, Judas Priest – British Steel directed by Tim Kirby, Led Zeppelin – Interview courtesy of Classic Rock Magazine and Napalm Death – The DVD courtesy of Earache Records. A special mention has to go to Lisa Bardsley who very kindly lent a copious amount of memorabillia for this and future Open Days – the display cases would not have been the same without your generosity!

   

Well done everyone it was a great day and yes we did cope and more importantly yes people came – bearing treasured items to be archived and stories to be recorded. And so it has begun ………Home of Metal may you rock n roll into the future. !!!!20 DAYS TO GO to the HOME OF METAL OPEN DAY at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery!!!!