The Fire 1996

Longleat 1983 Convention
A visit in 1986
The Fire Damage
The Re-fit
Working at Longleat
DR WHO DAYS 2001-2003
Salvage and auctions props/contribtution
my work on events
making Asylum Of The Daleks


A fire almost completely destroyed the Exhibition on the afternoon of Sunday September 15th 1996.
The fire is believed to have started due to an electrical fault in the K9 section, which was quite near the console room. I mean you can't say that it started IN K9 or that it was HIS fault, but EVERYBODY DID!
Nearly everything was heat and smoke damaged, but some costumes/props like The Terileptil Android from The Visitation, The Nucleus 'of the Swarm' from The Invisible Enemy, The Robot Cleaner from Paradise Towers and of course K9 (not one of the originals) were so wrecked that they were almost junked, had it not been for Lorne Martin's idea to use what was left of them in a display section about the fire itself.
Shortly after the fire when the building was declared safe.
It was re-openned and when visiting my dear friend Dallas (who was the current care taker) who was terribly upset with the devastation I noticed that it was as though the Tardis had crash landed and THAT in itself was a sight to behold! Alas it was unbearable for poor Dallas, the smell and the dirt was everywhere and she actually left shortly afterwards.
The next full time care taker of the Exhibition was a lovely lady called Shirley whom I worked with a lot and lastly Mark managed the shop and exhibition until its closure in 2003 and moved upto Blackpool to manage the DR WHO Museum which closed in 2009.




The fire  caused more smoke and heat damage than the actual burn out.
Although the total console room was repainted and re-fitted, eventually the soot and smokey smell came back through and it was never quite the same - even when Longleat had closed and the entire thing had been moved upto Blackpool and re-fitted again and again, eventually the black soot seeped throught the paint work and the console room area still smelled smokey and looked grubby.









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