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Bring Me Sunshine at Lancaster City Museum

Eric & Ernie 01 - Alvin Atkins (562x640)
Photographs of Eric and Ernie by photographer © Alvin Atkins.

Lancaster City Museum will showcase an exhibition of items that belonged to comedian Eric Morecambe from Saturday 14 May.

‘Bring Me Sunshine; the laughs and legacy of Eric Morecambe’ features some special pieces from his family’s personal collection. Some of the objects have never been on display before.

Lancashire County Council’s head of libraries, museums, culture and registrar’s service, Julie Bell, said: “Our exhibition takes a look at the life of comedian Eric Morecambe, who performed using the name of his home town.

“Eric and his comedy partner Ernie Wise became national icons, with their 1977 BBC Christmas Special attracting an audience of 28 million viewers. They became one of Britain’s best-loved comedy duos ever and have left a unique legacy.

“We are really excited about this exhibition, as it is supported by Eric’s family and friends who have very kindly loaned us some items from their personal collections to display. Some of these items will never have been seen by the public before, others we have in our collection at the museum.

“This really will be a great exhibition for visitors who appreciate the humour of Morecambe and Wise.”

The exhibition includes a pair of Eric’s spectacles, his typewriter, top hat, fishing rods and flies; Charlie, the ventriloquist’s dummy; and Mr. M’s Glamour Kit from the personal collection of Eric’s family. The two stage suits worn by Eric and Ernie when they performed a comedy routine with Sir Tom Jones, loaned from the Victoria & Albert Museum, will also be on display.

The exhibition runs until Sunday 10 July. Entry to the museum is free. Opening times are 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday.

Art inspired by the Eric Morecambe collection at Lancaster City Museum will also be on display at Morecambe Library at the same time. This has been produced by the Morecambe Bay Artist Colony.

The museum is run by Lancashire County Council, on behalf of Lancaster City Council.

For more information about the exhibition telephone 01524 64637 or email lancastercitymuseum@lancashire.gov.uk

Alternatively, visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/museums

Eric & Ernie 03 - Alvin Atkins  (640x565)
Photographs of Eric and Ernie by photographer © Alvin Atkins.

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