This summer, a special exhibition of costumes worn in the iconic TV drama Peaky Blinders is coming to Port Sunlight, which was famously used as a filming location in the show.
The award-winning TV series, Peaky Blinders, first aired in 2013 and follows the exploits of a family-led criminal gang headed by Tommy Shelby in Birmingham amidst the aftermath of the First World War. It has since become a huge cultural phenomenon and has drawn fans from across the world.
Port Sunlight locations featured in the show included Park Road and the Dell park, where stars such as Cillian Murphy and Helen McCrory filmed several pivotal scenes which featured in the second and third series.
Jean Milton, Director of Heritage at Port Sunlight Village Trust, said, “To have Peaky Blinders choosing Port Sunlight as a filming location was a real honour, and we were delighted our village’s distinctive architecture became part of such an iconic TV show.
“Now, we’re excited to welcome the return of the Peaky Blinders with a special exhibition of original costumes worn in the TV show. Not only is it a great chance to celebrate the impact of Peaky Blinders, it’s also an exciting opportunity for people to step inside one of the village’s most beautiful houses which has been closed to visitors for the past few years.”
Opening from 24 June until 10 September, the exhibition presents six costumes in the setting of Bridge Cottage on Park Road, next door to the house which featured as the character Aunt Polly’s home.
Visitors will be able to step inside and see the beautifully-made costumes up close, including a dress worn by Helen McCrory as Aunt Polly Gray and a suit worn by Tom Hardy as Alfie Solomons. The costumes are on loan from Cosprop.
The exhibition will be open Wednesday–Sunday, 10am–4pm. Pre-booking isn’t necessary, however numbers will be limited due to the size of the historic building, so Port Sunlight Village Trust recommend booking ahead via www.portsunlightvillage.com/whats-on
Tickets are £5 each or £3 concession (students and over 60), while under 12s go free. Tickets are available to book online one month in advance, or they can be purchased inside Bridge Cottage during the exhibition’s opening times.
As part of the exhibition, visitors can also browse a Peaky Blinders themed pop-up shop to pick up gifts, books, memorabilia, and more.
A programme of Peaky Blinders themed events will also run during the exhibition’s opening, including a ‘murder mystery’ evening, a 1920s hair and beauty demonstration, and a gin tasting event. Keep an eye on Port Sunlight Village Trust’s website and social media for more information.
After exploring the exhibition, visitors can take the opportunity to wander through the nearby locations featured in the iconic series and grab a selfie in the spots where Tommy Shelby and his friends stood.
Visitors can also explore everything else Port Sunlight has to offer, including the fascinating Port Sunlight Museum, time capsule Edwardian Worker’s Cottage, and the interactive SoapWorks. Over 900 Grade II listed Arts and Crafts-style houses can be admired, as well as stunning parkland and gardens.
To plan a visit to the exhibition, go to: www.portsunlightvillage.com/whats-on/peaky-blinders-in-port-sunlight/
Image: Houses on Park Road used as the location for Aunt Polly’s house (Credit: Port Sunlight Village Trust) and Aunt Polly’s evening dress (Credit: Cosprop)