Torquay Museum recieves HLF Sharing Heritage Grant for 'The Lost City of Z' Exhibition

Torquay Museum recieves HLF Sharing Heritage Grant for 'The Lost City of Z' Exhibition - Torquay Museum

By: Barry Chandler
Added: 03 August 2017

When Torquay born explorer Col Percy Harrison Fawcett disappeared in the Mato Grosso region of Brazil in 1925 he created a mystery that endures to this day. What exactly was he looking for? Could a city really have existed in the Amazon? How could an explorer with so many years of experience vanish without a trace? His story and explorations inspired his peers and several generations of adventure writers and film makers from Conan Doyle's 'The Lost World', to Disney Pixar's 'Up'. Fawcett has appeared in Tin Tin and is an undeniable influence on the character of Indiana Jones. In 2015 the film company Plan B started work on an adaptation of David Grann's bestselling book 'The Lost City of Z'. Released in March 2017 this biopic tells the story of Fawcett's search for the fabled lost city. But does it truly interpret the man behind the myth?

Torquay Museum has received an HLF Sharing Heritage grant to create an exhibition based on its Fawcett archive. The project ‘The Lost City of Z’ Interpreting Col. Percy Harrison Fawcett will create the first substantial exhibition on the legendary Torquay born explorer. Following the critically acclaimed film the exhibition will display items from the archive many for the first time. The Museum was also involved with the production of the film and props from the film, some based on archive items housed in the Museum will also be displayed. The exhibition will open in the autumn dates to be confirmed.

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