Our main event for Saving the 70s was a large exhibition in an empty shop unit. We originally planned to open for 3 days but increased our opening hours to 13 days. Over these 13 days we had 4,764 visitors, far more than we ever expected.
The exhibition featured images from our gazette collection, objects and dresses from the decade and a living room set up.We recorded 5 interviews and gathered memories throughout the spring and summer of 2014. We used quotes from these events in the exhibition, as captions in the display cases and on our display panels.
To promote our exhibition we set ourselves up on the Hemel Hempstead Marlowes Market. The postcards were really useful and we used them to advertise the exhibition by adding stickers with the details on them.
Saving the 70s has not only created a partnership with Marlowes Shopping Centre, but also with a local art shop. The Berkhamsted Arts and Crafts shop already offered workshops and were enthusiastic about supporting the project and developing a full day workshop with DHT using the 1970s as inspiration. 12 participated in the workshop and the Art Shop also offered it to an after school club. This resulted in 55 canvases, which were all then displayed at the exhibition.
“It brighten my day”
“an emotional trip down memory lane”
“I loved all of it”