Award-winning exhibition, “Diana: A Celebration” at the Frazier History Museum
Award-winning exhibition, “Diana: A Celebration,” comes to the Frazier History Museum in September
Exhibition chronicles the life and work of Diana, Princess of Wales, through 150
personal objects, including her famed royal wedding gown and tiaras
Nearly 15 years after her death, Princess Diana’s memory still stirs interest and emotion. The award-winning exhibition, “Diana: A Celebration,” which examines the life of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, will be on display at the Frazier History Museum September 15, 2012 through January 13, 2013.
The 7,500 sq. ft. exhibition, presented at the Frazier Museum by Chase and JP Morgan, explores the life and humanitarian work of one of the 20th century’s most remarkable women. Diana’s life is explored through nine galleries containing 150 objects, ranging from her royal wedding gown and 28 designer dresses to family jewels, heirlooms, personal mementoes, paintings, rare home movies and photos.
Announcement of the blockbuster exhibition, which has averaged 100,000 visitors at past venues, comes less than a year after the Frazier Museum announced fundamental changes to its vision– shifting its focus to become a more comprehensive history museum and to dramatically lessen its focus on historical arms. Last spring, the Frazier Museum, home of Britain’s Royal Armouries USA, also unveiled a new brand identity and more concise “Frazier History Museum” name.
“Diana: A Celebration” comes to the Frazier directly from the Althorp Estate in England, the Spencer Family’s 500-year-old ancestral home, where it is on display every summer. A portion of the proceeds generated to the Althorp Estate from the exhibition, produced by Arts & Exhibitions International, benefit charitable causes including the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.
A series of 150 stunning objects illustrates her life and invites the visitor to share the milestones of her many roles: as a youngster, schoolgirl and athlete; as the shy kindergarten teacher who captured the heart of the Prince and the public; as the young, ravishing royal bride; as the devoted mother, sister and daughter; and as the tireless charity advocate and spokeswoman. The strength of the Spencer women and their roots in the bucolic 500-year-old Althorp Estate form the backdrop for Diana’s formative years.
Also featured in the exhibition are family jewels, heirlooms, paintings, artifacts, photos and portraits of her ancestors, which provide historical context. Home movies filmed by her father and scenes from her childhood, her engagement to Prince Charles and the events leading up to the Royal Wedding are remembered and animated with video clips, personal possessions, photos, displays and letters. The glorious Royal Wedding gallery features her resplendent gown, diamond tiara, veil and 25 ft. train, as well as her shoes, parasol and bridesmaid’s dress, among other items.
One entire section of the exhibition is devoted to Diana’s energetic and multi-faceted public life and the myriad of charities and causes she supported, including her pioneering efforts that generated awareness for AIDS, landmine victims and the homeless. A three-screened video presentation highlights the hundreds of associations that continue to benefit from her patronage and dedication. The world’s grief at her untimely death is dealt with sensitively, in a display of books of condolence and space for reflection and remembrance.
A few of the many dazzling items on display include:
Ø 28 designer dresses, suits and evening gowns worn by the Princess during her public life, accompanied by photos and details from the events at which the outfits were worn
Ø Two diamond tiaras and other priceless family jewels
Ø The original text of the Earl Spencer’s moving tribute to his sister at her Westminster Abbey funeral
Ø The score and lyrics of the Elton John/Bernie Taupin composition, adapted from “Candle in the Wind”
Ø Original heritage family paintings
Ø Diana’s magnificent Royal Wedding gown (as described above)
Additional local sponsorship support comes from the Galt House Hotel, the Frazier Museum’s exclusive “Diana: A Celebration” hotel partner, which is offering special travel packages that include hotel accommodations and tickets to the exhibition. Support is also provided by International Systems of America LLC.
Public “Diana: A Celebration” ticket sales begin August 1. Admission to the exhibition, which is optional, and Frazier Museum permanent gallery access will be $21.50 for adults (ages 15 to 59); $19.50 for seniors (60+) and $10 for children (4 -14), while children 3 and under are free. Online and phone service fees will apply. Special rates for museum members, who receive early ticket access, and groups are available. For more information on “Diana” group packages with the Galt House and other attractions, visit www.FrazierMuseum.org
The Frazier History Museum, located on Louisville’s “Museum Row,” has the distinction of being the only place in the world outside Great Britain to permanently house and display Royal Armouries artifacts. This world-class museum provides a journey through more than 1,000 years of world and American history with ever-changing and interactive exhibits, daily performances by costumed interpreters and engaging special events and programs.
Date: Sep 15, 2012
Starts: 12:00 AM | Ends: 12:00 AM
The Frazier History
829 West Main Street