1980s nostalgia is subject of pop-up show at Atkins Gallery

Published Friday, 29 September 2023

Visitors to Hinckley’s Atkins Gallery will be able to relive their memories of leg warmers, bold make-up, big hair and local history at a two-day 1980s pop up show that starts Tuesday 10 October.

The Atkins Building and Hansom Cafe have gained exclusive access to the archive of Hinckley Times Insight magazine. Residents may remember the magazine; it was a local lifestyle magazine produced by the Hinckley Times team from their former premises on Brunel Road and offers a great insight into the times and what was going on in the borough during the 80s.

Along with the Insight Magazines will be a selection of Journal newspapers which was a free publication produced by the same publishing group as the Hinckley Times. Whether you yourself were an '80s baby or simply coming of age you will be able to step back in time and enjoy a display of memorabilia and popular toys of the time, like vintage Scalextric and other classic 1980s characters.

Visitors will be able to look through 1980s wedding notices and enjoy looking at the photos, car reviews, adverts, local events and the big news from the time, whilst enjoying some of the best '80s tunes.

Hansom Café will be making retro inspired bakes alongside their regular menu, do you remember having pineapple upside down cake or bread pudding?

Executive Member for Culture at the Borough Council, Councillor Mark Bools said:

This pop-up gives visitors a great insight into the 1980s and I am pleased that the Atkins Gallery is able to offer exclusive access to this local history resource. Anyone who lived in the area then or now will enjoy looking through the articles and enjoying the photographs on offer. I urge everyone to come along and take a look while enjoying a drink and a treat in the Hansom Café.

Hinckley District Past and Present will also be at the Nostalgia Café with their photographic archive.

For more information on Atkins Gallery including how to host your own exhibition in 2024 please email info@atkinsbuilding.co.uk