I think it’s fair to say that here at Movie Ramblings towers, we are all pretty big fans of Peter Cushing.

A true British acting legend, Cushing added gravitas to a whole host of horror flicks that probably didn’t deserve the sheen he gave them, as well as headlining a host of Hammer classics.

The star would have been 100 this year, and to mark the centenary of his birth, Whitstable Museum in Kent have gone with the canny idea of setting up an exhibition celebrating the great man, that runs until the end of June.

Cushing spent the last 50 or so years of his life living in Whitstable and absolutely loved the sleepy seaside town – hardly surprising if you pay it a visit.

That connection has allowed the local museum to get their hands on a whole host of cool stuff, from Cushing’s clothes and artefacts through to his Screen Actors Guild card, and much more.

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The exhibition plots the star’s career from his early days on stage, right through to his latter appearances in the likes of Star Wars.

For film fans there is plenty to savour here, with a collection of lobby cards and film posters from the likes of Curse Of Frankenstein, She and Doctor Who and the Daleks.

There is also the little-seen artwork on display for Hammer’s planned Nazi opus ‘The Savage Jackboot’, which would have starred Cushing in the lead role only for the funding to fall through.

The museum also screen a couple of archive video interviews with the man himself, as well as a host of audio material.

The Whitstable collection also sheds light on Cushing’s many talents away from the screen, with a number of his impressive art works, as well as clothes designs and a children’s book he penned.

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But pride of place though has to go to the slippers the actor wore on the set of Star Wars, using them in the filming of his scenes as Grand Moff Tarkin after finding the original boots too uncomfortable.

All in all, while hardly extensive, the exhibition does offer a cool insight into the life and times of the great man.

So if you fancy a visit to Kent before the end of June it does come recommended – you could even pop across the road for a quick beer (the pub is called ‘The Peter Cushing’ no less).



About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written three books - on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014), the history of the character Norman Bates (2015) and the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker (2017). He is currently working with director Richard Loncraine to explore all avenues in a bid to orchestrate the re-release of 1978 Mia Farrow chiller Full Circle