Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Spiceworld hoping to beat the count to be a record-breaker



Caption: The Union Jack boots worn by Geri Halliwell which are on show from the collection

The exhibition devoted to the Spice Girls currently on display at Leeds City Museum may find itself in the record books following a special event this weekend.

On Saturday 9 April, the collection of nearly 4,000 items of memorabilia and merchandise on show devoted to the most successful girl band of all time which makes up ‘Spiceworld: The exhibition’ is to be officially counted in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record.

The current record for the number of Spice Girls items in a collection anywhere in the world is approximately 1,000 so the museum staff and collector Liz West are confident when the independent adjudicators have completed the count they will have taken the title.

To coincide with the Guinness World Record attempt, Leeds City Museum will be hosting a special free karaoke session around the Spice Girls’ hit songs in the Leeds Arena from 2pm while fans are also encouraged to come dressed as their favourite Spice Girl to take part.

Since the free exhibition opened at the Leeds City Council-managed museum off Millennium Square at the end of January, over 25,000 people have visited to see the range of outfits worn by the band as well as accessories, platinum discs, books, magazines and dolls sourced from all over the world.

Spice Girls memorabilia collector Liz West said:

“The exhibition has been fantastic so far with so many people coming to see it which has made me very proud. To break the Guinness World Record would be the icing on the cake so it would be great to see as many Spice Girls fans at the museum as possible on Saturday all dressed up and having a fun time.”

Running until Sunday 3 July, ‘Spiceworld: The exhibition’ is free to enter and celebrates the success of the Spice Girls as well as examining what it takes to be a modern celebrity.

Leeds City Museum curator of exhibitions Helen Langwick said:

“With so many items the official counting is going to take a while so we wanted to make it a day of celebration and throw a bit of a party for all visitors and especially Spice Girls fans to join us as we hopefully break the record.

“The dressing up and karaoke should be great fun so we hope lots of people join in and pay us a visit.”

Students from Leeds Metropolitan University will be assisting in the count and hosting the karaoke session. For further information on Leeds City Museum, visit the website at http://www.leeds.gov.uk/citymuseum/

Notes to editors:

The Spice Girls are Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm, Geri Halliwell and Victoria Beckham (née Adams) who quickly became known by the nicknames Scary, Baby, Sporty, Ginger and Posh.

Following the impact of debut single ‘Wannabe’ which topped the charts in 31 countries in 1996, the Spice Girls enjoyed phenomenal success selling over 80 million records worldwide, having nine UK number one singles, starring in their own feature film and creating the ‘girl power’ mantra which is credited with inspiring a generation of girls and women to achieve.

ENDS

For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde, leisure media relations officer,
Tel 0113 247 5472, Email: roger.boyde@leeds.gov.uk

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