PORTLAND Basin Museum's latest exhibition,“Over the Rainbow”, opens on Friday, March 27. It puts unusual and varied objects side by side, celebrating them purely for their colour.
Inside the cabinets of curiosities are a 1960s pink hairdryer, a green Thermos flask from the 1920s, a yellow children’s toy, black mourning lace from Victorian times, a blue Wedgwood vase and a red Manchester United supporter’s rattle, plus a mass of white stiletto heels found in an old cobbler’s shop.
Colour is a crucial part of an object’s design and can affect how it is perceived. The Mickey Mouse gas mask from the Second World War, for example, was designed in bright red and blue to make it less scary for children.
The classic British post box will forever be linked to the colour red, green is used to suggest a link with nature, and electronic gadgets tend to be functional black, brown or white. Jackie Lane, Tameside Council’s assistant executive member for culture, said: “The museum has more than 20,000 objects in its collection and this has been a fantastic opportunity to get some of the more unusual ones out on display. The exhibition is sure to brighten up anyone’s day.”
“Over the Rainbow” opens on Friday, March 27, and runs until October 11. Portland Basin Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday (10am to 4pm) and admission is free.