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Exhibitions at Portland Basin Museum


Exhibitions at Portland Basin Museum

At Portland Basin Museum we run a fantastic changing programme of exhibitions - so there's always something new to see!

Current Exhibition

Over the Rainbow

27 March 2015 - 11 October 2015

PORTLAND Basin Museum has utilised the full spectrum of its collection for its latest exhibition.

“Over the Rainbow” puts unusual and varied objects side by side, celebrating them purely for their colour.

Inside the cabinets of curiosities are a 1960s pink hairdryer, a green Thermos flask from the 1920s, a yellow children’s toy, black mourning lace from Victorian times, a blue Wedgwood vase and a red Manchester United supporter’s rattle, plus a mass of white stiletto heels found in an old cobbler’s shop.

Colour is a crucial part of an object’s design and can affect how it is perceived. The Mickey Mouse gas mask from the Second World War, for example, was designed in bright red and blue to make it less scary for children.

The classic British post box will forever be linked to the colour red, green is used to suggest a link with nature, and electronic gadgets tend to be functional black, brown or white. 

Page last updated: 30 March 2015