The Wandering Gallery … And Other Stories

The Wandering Gallery is a pop-up arts events project bringing creativity to the community as inspiration hits.

The History of Gladys

Gladys the Gallery, or The Big G as we affectionally call her, started life as a Library Bus, built for the purposes of taking books to the people! So she was always pretty cool but before she came into Nikki Loy’s world she was owned by a fellow called Les who gave her her name, and who was part of a 1940’s army reenactment drama group. So whilst on the outside she still looked like a (nearly) normal HGV, on the inside she had been transformed into a 1940’s army communications control room! Complete with brick fire place, brown gloss tongue and groove paneling, Bakelite sockets and switches.. and even an old typewriter. To show off her glorious (ahem!) insides, the gents had cut a massive hole in the side of her and would regularly take her out for exhibition and to play war games in her.

Eventually she needed a new home.. And Nikki just so happened to be looking for an HGV to house a mobile creative space. Gladys, with all her peculiar army showtime idiosyncracies and giant hole in the side, turned out to be perfect for the job.

She is very close to being ready for her new life, so now, if you want to be kept up date about Gladys’ adventures we would highly recommend that you…

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