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Pop Art Exhibtion opens 21 April 2012

A SPECIAL Bexhill Museum exhibition featuring nearly 40 gold and platinum discs, CDs and DVDs has been dedicated to the museum’s unsung heroes.

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In a 25-year career as a record company executive with giants like CBS, Polygram and MGM, graphic artist Brian Hyams worked with a host of stars, from Neil Diamond, Barbra Streisand and Abba to Mott The Hoople.

Brian, now a Bexhill museum director, sprang a surprise on Rother District Council chairman Lord Ampthill after the chairman unveiled his Pop Art: A History Of Entertainment Awards 70s-90s exhibition in the museum’s costume and social history gallery.

The chairman had volunteered to perform the ceremony and revealed his love – and knowledge – of pop music to opening ceremony guests. He  ranked the visit of the then-emergent Beatles to Stowe School when a pupil there at the head of six top gigs he had attended.

Brian’s surprise was to present a delighted Lord Ampthill with a gold disc he had made for Elton John.

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A special six-CD display Brian designed to commemorate Elton’s incredible 33-million world-wide sales with Candle In The Wind on the tidal wave of emotion which followed the death of Diana Princess of Wales in 1997 forms the centre-piece of an exhibition which will run to the end of the year.

Brian’s work also includes displays for top-selling DVDs such as Gladiator and Lennox Lewis’ Mandela.

The display will be updated at intervals with fresh material from Brian’s personal collection.

A career working with stars packs countless memories – like the occasion when Michael Jackson devoted much of his visit to the company’s London office sitting chatting with the telephone switchboard staff, so “making their day.”

The first of Brian’s talks on his career will be held at the museum at 7.30pm on Friday, May 18 to coincide with the nationwide Museums At Night promotion. Tickets are £7.50, available from the museum.

Brian’s objective is to attract younger people to Bexhill Museum. “The reason I am doing this is not that I want people to see my work. It is for the museum,” he told last Friday’s guests.  

He has been so impressed since becoming a museum director that he dedicated the exhibition to the volunteers who daily keep the independent museum going.


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