Back in 2003, Star Trek: The Adventure landed, in Hyde Park, and I was lucky enough to get a ticket. The exhibition was due to end on January 31st, but was extended due to its popularity.
It consisted of a massive climate-controlled exhibit, which covered over 7,000 square feet, making it the largest exhibition in Hyde Park, since the Great Exhibition of 1851. The exhibit consisted of props and memorabilia, worth over £20 million, covering the five Star Trek series and ten movies and was also the venue for the aftershow party, following the première of Star Trek Nemesis.
As you passed along the covered walkway, on your way in to the massive, hangar-like, building, banners hung from the roof, with a different Star Trek character on each of them. Then, as you entered the hall proper, you were greeted by an enormous model of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A). She was intricately detailed and truly majestic as she hung at a slight angle from the ceiling. There were also models of the USS Excelsior (NCC-2000), the Negh’Var, a type-15 shuttlepod and a Borg Cube, which was 1.5 metres in size. There was also a Scorpion, that had survived the destruction of the Scimitar, in Star Trek Nemesis,
All around the hall there were actual costumes and uniforms, masks and models, weapons and gadgets. There was Picard’s chair from his ready room, aboard the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-E and Shinzon’s chair, from the Scimitar in Star Trek Nemesis.
There were ‘energetic’ flight simulators, which took you on a calm journey around the solar system, before thrusting you violently through a worm hole into the middle of an attack, by the Borg. You could also stand on a USS Enterprise transporter pad and be beamed to the planet from ‘The City on the Edge of Forever’, where you ‘materialised’ in front of the ‘Guardian of Forever’, with Kirk and Spock.
Then, if you were thirsty or needed some food, ‘Ten Forward’ was open. It was here you could purchase ‘Romulan Ale’, ‘Klingon Export’ and ‘Château Picard’. All very nice and all very alcoholic and all very expensive.Then, there was the set of the bridge. The Bridge. The bridge of the USS Enterprise. No bloody, A, B, C, D or E. Unfortunately, she was cordoned off, but she was there.
Then, just when you thought ‘It can’t get any better,’ It did! Ahead of us were doors, straight from the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D, and as they ‘hissed’ open we passed through and into engineering. It was perfect. The consoles and MSD were all there and… you could touch them! Bonus! Then there was the warp core, itself, pulsing in a hypnotic blue. Everything was going so well, until the alarms went off, and we were suddenly herded toward a tubolift. Even though the turbolift never actually moved, although I would have sworn that it did, when the doors opened we were on the bridge. We were on the bridge of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D and the ship was under attack, from the Borg. Once the Borg were defeated, the lights returned to normal and we were left to explore the bridge for a good ten minutes, before we were ushered out, so that the next group could have their adventure.
Leaving the bridge brought you to the shop, selling everything Star Trek related that you could think of. And then there was a giant, and I do mean giant, Tribble,
There was so much more there, that I wish that I had had a digital camera, back then.
Below is a link to the full set; Apologies for quality but they were taken on a 35mm camera that used ‘film’.
All in all, this was one of the greatest days out.