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Movie and TV fans in for a treat as popular exhibition returns to Preston Park Museum

Preston Park Museum is once again showcasing costumes from some of the most iconic film and television productions in its exciting Behind the Seams exhibition.

Following the success of a similar exhibition held in 2018, the Stockton-on-Tees-based venue is hosting another exhilarating spectacle, which will run from 12 October 2021 until 19 February 2022.

Behind the Seams features 30 costumes from some of the most well-known and loved film and TV blockbusters including The Crown, Fantastic Beasts, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, It’s a Sin, Judy, Rocket Man, Shakespeare in Love and James Bond. It brings together a largely new collection of costumes, while the popular dress and shoes from The Red Shoes and the Queen’s Coronation dress from The Crown make a return.

Some are originals worn by the stars and some are exact replicas of the original designs.

Behind the Seams explores the stories behind some of TV and film’s most recognisable outfits and their creators, Angels Costumes – the world’s longest established and largest professional costume house.

Angels has been dressing the stars of stage, screen and TV for seven generations since 1840. Dubbed the world’s greatest costume house, Angels has supplied costumes for 37 Academy Award-winning films and in 2016 received a BAFTA for its Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema.

Tickets for Behind the Seams went on sale on Monday 6 September and interest has been high.

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Jim Beall, said: “Movie and television lovers are delighted that this excellent exhibition has returned to Preston Park Museum. Over the next few months, they will be able to see close up the fantastic costumes from some of the most popular television shows and blockbuster movies ever produced.

“It’s no surprise that Behind the Seams has produced a real buzz this year and ticket sales have gone through the roof. It’s another example of our ability to showcase major exhibitions that can attract interest, not just within this region, but from much further afield too.”

Tickets cost £5 for adults and £3 for concessions and children over 3 (under 3s are free). This is in addition to the normal admission prices for Preston Park Museum (a family ticket for 2 adults & 3 children costs just £15 and can be used for unlimited visits for a year).

To find out more about Preston Park Museum & Grounds and to book tickets for Behind the Seams, please visit

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