Museum gets ready to rock with Friars

Friars promoter David Stopps and County Museum boss David Erskine with a 1970s Velvet Underground poster
Friars promoter David Stopps and County Museum boss David Erskine with a 1970s Velvet Underground poster

A major exhibition on the history of Aylesbury’s famous Friars music club is to be held at the county museum.

Promoter David Stopps announced the five-month project this week after what he described as ‘years of negotiations’ with the museum in Temple Street, Aylesbury.

The exhibition will include audio and visual elements and cover 43 years of Aylesbury events and gigs Friars presented in Princes Risborough, Bedford, Watford, Dunstable and High Wycombe including those featuring The Faces, Elton John, Genesis, Pink Floyd and David Bowie.

Starting in February, the exhibition will run until July and is billed as the Local Music Club that Rocked the World.

Mr Stopps said: “We have been hoping to stage a major exhibition on Friars Aylesbury for about 10 years and now at last it is definitely happening.

“We have a vast amount of archives and at last people will be able to see them in all their glory. There is so much material that one of the difficulties will be what to include and what to leave out.

“In addition to 2D material such as posters, news sheets and tickets there will be 3D exhibits as well as audio and video.

“We will be filming people and stars to compile a video of people’s memories of Friars and what it meant to them. We will create a mini-cinema to show this, which will be part of the exhibition.

“I am very excited about this exhibition. It’s going to be amazing.”

Some key Friars memorabilia is missing from Mr Stopps collection.

“If you have a bunch of stuff in the loft please go through it and let us know what you have,” he said. “If you have any of our missing items we would be very excited to hear from you.” A missing posters list is now up on the club’s website www.aylesburyfriars.co.uk