Power of Stories comes to Stowmarket

The record-breaking, award-winning Power of Stories – an exhibition with Marvel Studios’ 2018 ground-breaking blockbuster Black Panther movie at its heart – has been re-imagined for the Food Museum in Stowmarket, Suffolk, in collaboration with members of Suffolk’s Black community.

Coming as Marvel Studios releases the trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (set for release in November) the exhibition is set across two rooms in the museum’s Abbot’s Hall, and boasts three spectacular costumes from the cultural phenomenon that is Marvel Studios’ Black Panther – T’Challa, Shuri and Okoye.

The Oscar-winning costumes, worn by Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira and Letitia Wright in the ground-breaking 2018 film, promise to impress all – and astonish Marvel fans. They cannot be seen anywhere else in the UK.

A display case houses items on loan from the community, including a traditional kitchen prayer, a dutch pot and Lovers Rock records which are connected to childhood memories of Caribbean Sunday lunches. All items serve as engaging conversation starters and enable visitors to learn about real-life stories, which have previously gone untold.

Community attendants at the museum will answer questions and share their own cultural stories. They were recruited in partnership with the Food Museum and Aspire Black Suffolk.

The Food Museum is the third leg of the Power of Stories’ tour of museums across Suffolk. The exhibition first opened at Ipswich’s Christchurch Mansion in 2021 – where it broke footfall records despite Covid restrictions, and attracted the Ipswich Museum’s most ever diverse audience. The Colchester + Ipswich Museum exhibition was crowned Temporary Exhibition of the Year at the 2022 Museum and Heritage Awards, widely regarded as the ‘Oscars of the museums world’.

The touring exhibition appeared at Moyse’s Hall Museum in Bury St Edmunds earlier this year.

Supported by the Association for Suffolk Museums and Arts Council England, each museum is tailoring the exhibition to suit their own venue space, culture and theme.

Dining With Heroes will be at the Food Museum until Sunday 9th October.

A community celebration will take place in the summer, and Dining With Heroes will be open to those attending the Primadonna Festival on 29-31 July.

Power of Stories will then visit the world-renowned cultural institution, Britten Pears Arts at Snape Maltings in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, from October 2022 to January 2023.

Entry to the Food Museum costs £12 for adults, concession (£10), children (ages 4-16) £8, and children (under 4) are free. Admission to the exhibition is included.