Grunts & Grapples

16 Sep 2016 – 14 Jan 2017

Event times

Tuesday to Saturday, 9:30 - 17:00

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The Amelia

Royal Tunbridge Wells
England, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Bus stops out side The Amelia at the War Memorial in the centre of town.
  • The Amelia is a 5 minute walk uphill from Tunbridge Wells train station.
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Exhibition of a golden era of wrestling featuring memorabilia and footage from the 1950s -1990s.


Curated by design historian Kerry William Purcell, Grunts & Grapples profiles the golden age of British wrestling from the 1950s until the 1990s. Wrestling was a central part of British national life in this period with iconic figures such as Giant Haystacks and Big Daddy appearing in hundreds of UK town halls and theatres night after night as well as featuring on TV. Through posters, photographs, souvenirs and costumes, the exhibition reveals the origins of wrestling’s interplay of sport and spectacle and the development of personas.


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