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Manchester Central Library displaying banners for "Bobbins: The Fantastic Archive of Frank Sidebottom and Chris Sievey"

To coincide with the UK launch of ‘Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story’ Archives Plus at Manchester Central Library hosted ‘Bobbins’, an exhibition celebrating the inventive absurdity of Frank Sidebottom and his creator, Chris Sievey.


It was an unknown quantity, but the two-month-long exhibition (March-April 2019) was a smash success, pulling in record-breaking numbers of visitors through the doors.


The Chris Sievey archive was deemed to have enough cultural importance to be worthy of acceptance into the Archives Plus storage vaults, where it will remain forever, preserved under optimum temperature-controlled conditions.

The ‘Bobbins’ exhibition was simply a scattershot of items from within the archive but was literally just the tip of the iceberg.

It’s going to be a slow process, but plans are in place to study and catalog the entire collection. There are literally thousands of items to curate.

SIEVEY KIDS’ Activity Day

As part of the exhibition, the Sievey family hosted a kids’ activity day, encouraging kids and adults alike to engage in spoon-puppet-making, badge-making and colouring in.

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