Sneak look at The Body Interactive – National Football Museum

Thursday 2, February 2012


Sneak look at The Body Interactive – National Football Museum


INSIDE the new National Football Museum, stories are being brought to life as well as objects.


One of the exhibits due to catch the imagination of visitors is ’The Body’ interactive within the Performance Zone, involving one actor, hardly any movement and very little clothing.


The National Football Museum is re-opening in Manchester in 2012 inside the Urbis building - providing a world-class home for the greatest collection of football memorabilia and interactive exhibits ever assembled. 


Young North West actor Tomas Woods was chosen as ‘The Body’ for the exhibit, and filmed for a museum interactive that will explore the effect that playing football can have on the human body.


Tomas, a student from Liverpool, auditioned for the role through his agency Maverick Models. He said: "Being part of the exhibit was a very exciting day! I had to lie very still for a few hours whilst I was filmed making very small movements, such blinking my eyes, and tensing my muscles. I cant wait to see the finished interactive, I know visitors will be fascinated by what they will see on the table!"


Visitors will find the footballer on the treatment table and will be able to examine the injuries and strains that the game can cause to the body. Families will discover how top players stay in shape through leading healthy lifestyles, training and hard work. 


Denise Lambert, from the Museum’s Learning and Communities team was on hand at the shoot and commented: “It must have been very strange for Tom to have everyone crowded around as he was being filmed, but having seen the images it’s clear this will be a really interesting exhibit for people to get their hands on!”


The exhibit is being produced by Manchester based Centre Screen productions.


More than 140,000 objects, works of art and photographs make up this unique collection and highlights include a shirt from the world's first international match played in 1872, the 1966 World Cup Final ball and the shirt worn by Maradona during the infamous 1986 ‘Hand of God’ quarter final match between England and Argentina.


The museum will be one of Manchester’s ‘must see’ attractions, with three floors of objects, stories, ‘hands on’ interactives, and a changing temporary exhibition programme showing that it’s not just football – fashion, art and photography all have a part to play in bringing the story to life. And it will become the new home for photographer Stuart Clarke’s ‘Homes of Football’ collection of images.


Visitors will also enjoy a distinctive retail, cafe and restaurant offer which will compete with Manchester’s best. 



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