Showcase of crafted sets and puppets displayed to the public for the first time.

Aardman’s Pirates take over Birmingham science museum

Aardman Animation’s award-winning film The Pirates In an Adventure with Scientists has taken over Birmingham’s science museum, Thinktank this summer with its own exhibition.

The exhibition is running through summer to September.

Coinciding with the touring exhibition, bringing together the crafted sets and puppets for the public, the Thinktank exhibition is inviting visitors to dress up as pirates, steer a galleon and even become part of the film using blue-screen technology.

In reference to the film’s character Polly, visitors also have the chance to see the renowned Oxford Dodo, exhibited courtesy of Oxford University Museum.

Furthermore, Thinktank is also running a Talk Like A Pirate competition, encouraging youngsters to tweet pirate phrases to be in with a chance of winning various prizes.

Each week the best tweet receives a complimentary ticket to the exhibition, with a unique grand prize of two original Aardman sketches for the Pirates being awarded to the summer’s best sound-a-like Pirate.

The winner will be revealed on September 19th, National Talk Like A Pirate Day.

Peter Lord, co-founder and creative director of Aardman Animations, said: "I am so happy that our Pirates exhibition has come to Birmingham.

"It shows off all the things that I am most proud of – the care, the artistry and the genius that goes into the making of one of our films.

"People will have the chance to get up close to some of the fantastic models and sets that we made."

Janine Eason, director of learning and exhibitions at ThinkTank, added: "It’s been very exciting to see this exhibition develop and we look forward to welcoming visitors into the Pirates’ world.

"Working with Aardman animations on the project is fantastic; the painstaking detail and craftsmanship in the sets alone is breathtaking.

"We hope visitors will be as inspired as we have been by the exhibition to become Pirates themselves and share their Pirate phrases, we look forward to hearing plenty of ‘Ahoy shipmates’, ‘Arrrr’ and ‘Aye Aye Captain’ coming from inside the building as well as through Twitter.”

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