The British Music Experience tells the story of British Music through costumes, instruments, performance, and memorabilia. Whatever age you are, and whatever you are into, there is something here for you.
We’ve got outfits worn by artists from Freddie Mercury and Dusty Springfield, to the Spice Girls, and Adam Ant and musical instruments played by some of the world’s most renowned artists from Noel Gallagher to the Sex Pistols. We even have hand written song lyrics from Adele, the original statues from the Brits, and the Apple Corp front door from Saville Row.
You can also get involved. You can learn a musical instrument with the best music equipment available, from drum kits to keyboards, and dance the decades in our dance studio!
After the main event browse an exclusive range of gifts, clothing, books, and memorabilia from the Merch Store and you can rest those dancing feet with a selection of delicious snacks and meals in the Star Café.
November 14th, 2022, marked 70 years since the first singles chart was published by the New Musical Express’s Percy Dickins in 1952, topped by Al Martino’s Here In My Heart. The BME has partnered with the Official Charts Company to honour the UK’s chart-topping singles over those 70 years in a temporary exhibition.
The Official Charts have been a central part of British popular culture for 70 years and counting. With their finger on the throbbing pulse of the British record-buying, digital-downloading, music-streaming public, the Official Charts are the UK’s only official, trusted weekly barometer of what’s popular in music right now.
As heard on BBC Radio 1, Top Of The Pops and MTV, the Top 40 Official Singles Chart has been chronicling the tastes of arguably the most influential music nation on the planet since the very first UK singles chart in November 1952. From The Beatles to Beyoncé, The Rolling Stones to Rihanna, Kylie to Miley, and Spice Girls to Little Mix, the Official Chart has crowned artist success week in, week out, across seven glittering decades.
Whether it is Blur and Oasis locking horns in 1995, the Sex Pistols’ God Save The Queen controversially being held off Number 1 during the Queen’s Jubilee in 1977, or Rage Against The Machine taking on the X Factor in 2009’s greatest Christmas Number 1 battle in history – the Official Charts aren’t just the authority on what is popular in Britain, the Official Charts are British pop culture.
70 Years of the Official Singles Charts runs until 5 March 2023. Entry is included in the price of admission.
Admission to the British Music Experience.
Admission to 70 Years of the Official Singles Charts - until 5 March 2023.
Audio guides are available in eight languages (English, Chinese (Mandarin), Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish, and British Sign Language visuals) - purchasable on arrival, subject to availability.