Sci-fi at Alford

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Grampian Transport Museum at Alford has long been interested in the fringes of sci-fi with its probing the future of the car and time travel exhibitions.

New for 2011 will be a Sci-Fi Convention, run over six days early in the school summer holidays.

Each day will have a special focus: At 1pm on Saturday, July 2, the convention will be opened by Darth Vader, followed by a special feature of cars used as the basis of famous sci-fi film cars. Visitors will be offered rides in a selection of these on the museum’s road circuit.

Other sci-fi characters will join Darth for Q&A sessions in the afternoon, including a number of Daleks gathered for the convention from as far away as Edinburgh.

Sunday will feature a Dr Who pageant, with as many items from the BBC hit show as possible. It will certainly be the biggest gathering of Daleks, K9s etc - mostly fully operational - seen in Scotland.

Monday and Wednesday are to be sci-fi fun and games days. Rides, simulations, games and competitions are to be the main focus.

Tuesday will concentrate on the big screen and will include another chance to ride in cars that were used as the basis for sci-fi film cars. There will be a special quiz with themed prizes.

Thursday - the final day - will feature a sci-fi figures/models and comic bring and buy sale, offering a great chance for collectors to get together and find elusive items.

On all six days - in addition to the focus items - there will be a fancy dress competition and all entries will be entered for judging, with a decision on the last day. Prizes will be awarded in a range of age groups. Also planned are a number of special quizzes for different visitor interest groups to be integrated into the museum collections, again with relevant prizes for high scorers. Dr Who fans will be able to take away a photo of themselves with an operational Dalek, Tardis and other props from a special film set over the six days.

Organisers are keen to make the convention special and are looking for input from local sci-fi enthusiasts. Any offers of help, ideas and additional exhibition items is appreciated. Interested parties should contact Vicki Murray or Mark Jeffery on (019755) 62292.