A project aimed at creating the first digital archive of metal music, memorabilia and fans stories is set to be launched in Wolverhampton. The Home Of Metal exhibition will tell the story of this unique moment of Midlands’ musical heritage. Focusing on the innovators of the genre and those that continued to develop it: Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest, Napalm Death and Godflesh.
From Thursday, June 17 to Saturday, June 19 the exhibition will be taking up residence in a disused shop in Wolverhampton city centre, inviting fans to bring along their memorabilia and stories to be photographed and recorded to contribute to the digital archive.
Home Of Metal are looking for everything from concert tickets to photographs, badges, album covers, t-shirts, demo tapes, fan letters, fanzines, flyers, lyrics, posters, press articles, set lists and promotional materials to build the collection online, which will inform a series of major exhibitions which are being developed for 2011.
On Saturday June 19, rock photographer Steve Gerrard will be in residence, fans are invited to have their portraits taken by him in their prized band t-shirts to feature in the Home Of Metal exhibition.
Home Of Metal will be at 10 -18 Queen Square, Wolverhampton, WV1 1TQ.
In the summer of 2011, Home Of Metal founders Capsule will be producing and curating a series of exhibitions and associated programme under the banner of Home Of Metal and informed by the archive material. These will take place throughout the Black Country and Birmingham, including exhibitions at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Wolverhampton Art Gallery alongside the New Art Gallery in Walsall. There will be a conference, concerts and film programme.
To find out more and upload metal memorabilia, visit the official Capsule.