The Museum of London opened a small free display on Thursday called Opening the Olympics, 200 days after the Paralympic closing ceremony. Timothy Long, curator of fashion and decorative arts at the museum, said: "The trunks are getting a lot of notice."
They were donated by Daley and went on display with around 70 other objects and costumes including a nurse's uniform used in the NHS segment of Danny Boyle's opening ceremony. Long said the museum was hopeful of getting more as it aimed to properly collect London 2012 items. "When we look back on the collections we have from other Olympics, it's hard not to yearn for more items," he said.
The Olympics organiser, Locog, has donated about 65 costumes from the four opening and closing ceremonies and Long said the museum would love to know the stories of the people who wore them. They would also like to fill in a few gaps in what they have. For example, they have punk headdresses but not the rest of the ensemble, and they have Mary Poppins's costume but not her light-up umbrella.
Curators would also like more costumes from the 17,500 performers in the ceremonies and anything from athletes – the museum also has Beth Tweddle's gymnastic outfit – would be much appreciated.
Long said they wanted the display to be fun and hoped "to tap into the excitement that still seems to exist" around the Olympics. It is on display until 31 October.
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