Guest post by SuperBreak’s Key Account Manager, Claire Dutton…
My husband has always been a big Elvis fan, but his fear of long flights has always put him off travelling over to Graceland, so we were really excited to hear that Priscilla Presley was bringing an exhibition of Elvis memorabilia direct from Graceland across the pond to The O2 Arena in London – needless to say we booked to go straight away!
We stayed overnight in central London and then travelled by tube (less than 30 mins) out to The O2 to visit the exhibition.
There are more than 300 personal effects and pieces of Elvis memorabilia from the Graceland collection and it really does cover his life, from the lowly family home in Tupelo to the Graceland mansion. There are school report cards, personal effects from his home and photos from his childhood along with giant screens showing interviews about how he felt growing up during the Southern depression and what inspired him to become a singer.
The exhibition then moves onto his early musical success with Sun Records, followed by his military service and his marriage to Priscilla. Each section is filled with interesting pieces of memorabilia and accompanied by music and film footage.
The main room in the exhibition focuses on iconic Elvis pieces that all fans will instantly recognise. There are a collection of the famous white jumpsuits, the huge TCB ring which he designed with Priscilla and became the logo for the Memphis Mafia, the pool table where he played pool with the Beatles and even documents and photos with President Nixon, whom he tried to convince to make him a undercover agent for the Federal Bureau of Narcotics.
The exhibition also includes several cars that Elvis owned and separate areas each focusing on his huge movie career, how he lived at home in Graceland and his iconic ’68 Comeback Tour which features the guitar he played and the seat he used, as well as being surrounded by screens playing the ’68 concert footage from start to finish.
We had a great time visiting the exhibition, there was so much to look at and each piece is easy to view. The jumpsuits, jewellery and other clothing are displayed in glass cases, so you can get up close and personal and look at all the intricate details. We spent about 2 hours in the exhibition, but it was easy to get around and view. Everyone there was really enjoying themselves, surrounded by the music and memorabilia of the The King
There is a big gift shop selling a range of gifts from Graceland as well as music, t-shirts and even jumpsuits! We finished off our visit by both having a photo taken with Elvis himself – perfect!
Are you a big fan of Elvis too? Planning to visit London’s O2 Arena for the Elvis Exhibition as well? Let us know using the comments box below.