Girl Power adds spice to exhibition

A Star Wars game from 1977 is among the items on display at the Decades of Youth exhibition

A Star Wars game from 1977 is among the items on display at the Decades of Youth exhibition

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They were the iconic pop sensation who wowed the world with a string of hits and kick-started the Girl Power phenomenon.

The Spice Girls, made up of Melanie Chisholm, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell, Victoria Adams and Leeds’s own Melanie Brown enjoyed a stratospheric career including nine UK number one singles and the biggest-selling album of all time by a girl group - with sales of 28 million copies worldwide.

Now a nostalgic exhibition which looks back on more than 70 years of growing up in Leeds is turning back the clock by featuring a doll dedicated to the city’s very own Scary Spice - Mel B.

The doll is on display alongside other objects loaned by local people at the Decades of Youth exhibition at Abbey House Museum.

Among them is a Star Wars game from 1977, the same year that A New Hope, the first instalment of the blockbuster film series was released, as well as a copy of Jackie magazine from the 1970s.

Other items on display include classic computer games consoles, music memorabilia and a selection of objects from 1950s’ and 60s’ department stores in Leeds.

Councillor Brian Selby, Leeds City Council’s lead member for museums and galleries, said: “As anyone who has grown up in Leeds knows, it’s an amazing place to be young and what’s clear from this exhibition is that some of the experiences people have had in the city as young people have lasted a lifetime.”

The exhibition also features films and digi-stories with local residents and organisations talking about being young in Leeds in the 1950s, 60s, 80s and 90s.

Young curators from Abbey House Museum’s Vintage Youth Club have helped put the exhibition together.