Items never before seen in public go on show this September as part of a major exhibition celebrating the life of fantasy writer Terry Pratchett.
Terry Pratchett: HisWorld allows visitors to follow the DiscWorld author’s journey to becoming such a well-loved figure, and incorporates art by the man himself, some of his treasured possessions and more than 40 original illustrations by Pratchett’s favourite artist, Paul Kidby. There’s also the opportunity to see work by Josh Kirby, who first illustrated DiscWorld.
Curated by Salisbury Museum’s Richard Henry with the blessing of the author’s estate, the exhibition is presented largely in Pratchett’s own words – meaning visitors not only have chance to see items he owned but also to understand what they meant to him.
Personal items on display include Pratchett’s distinctive hat, his first typewriter and even a sword he had made for his knighthood. Held in his hometown, Terry Pratchett: HisWorld should be a fitting tribute to the author, who passed away in 2015 after being diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer’s.
An accompanying exhibition, The Charmed Realm by Paul Kidby, runs concurrently in the museum’s print room from 2 September.
Pratchett’s first story, prepared as a piece of homework but typed up by his aunt and submitted to the editor of Science Fantasy. The story fetched £14, which Pratchett used to buy his first typewriter, an Imperial 58 – on public display for the first time.