10,000 Pratchett fans visit Salisbury for exhibition

Terry Pratchett - official photo (cropped) (no credit required)

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 5:32am 9th November 2017.

"Incredible" number of people from all corners of the world have visited Salisbury Museum.

The Terry Pratchett exhibition in Salisbury is proving a real hit.

Since it opened in mid September over 10,000 people have visited Salisbury Museum to explore the life of the late Discworld writer.

Some fans have come as far as America and Australia to get a glimpse into the Discworld author's life.

Sir Terry died in 2015 at his home in Broadchalke and many of the items on display have been loaned by his family.

There's the first typewriter he bought, his trademark leather jacket and Louisiana fedora and the sword he made himself to commemorate his knighthood in 2009.

The highlight for many fans, is without doubt, the replica of his office known as The Chapel. It features the actual desk Sir Terry wrote many of his novels at complete with coffee cup stains and even his spectacles.

Pratchett exhibition 2 ( Helen Down)

(Picture above and below Sir Terry's desk with a cut out hole for his beloved cat and the six screens he used for his work.)

Pratchett exhibition ( Helen Down)

The exhibition features work by the famous author himself, as well as over 40 original paintings and drawings by Paul Kidby who designed the Discworld book jackets from 2002. 

There's a final touch as visitors who leave the exhibition  pass under a favourite farewell phrase of Pratchett’s- “Mind how you go.”

Such has been the popularity of the exhibition that Salisbury Museum has now extended its opening times to include Sundays.

Terry Prachett: His World runs January 14th.  There's more info on opening times and admission prices here: www.salisburymuseum.org.uk

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