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VIVID's new exhibition features images, memories and voices from iconic building

VIVID has created a great exhibition at the Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery in Market Place Basingstoke to celebrate the White Building - a much-loved local community landmark - through the stories and memories of local people.

Organised with the support of Barratt Homes, local history groups and members of the public who contributed their stories, the exhibition celebrates the 80th birthday of the iconic building which was formerly a major UK hub for American pharmaceutical manufacturer Eli Lilly.

Admission is free and runs until 28 September.

The Art Deco building is being lovingly restored as 96 stylish apartments retaining many of the original features and stands at the heart of the Chapel Gate housing development, providing 618 homes including 248 affordable homes for rent and shared ownership.

The exhibition celebrates the timeline of the building from build, use, dereliction and renovation, supported by rarely seen images and recorded oral histories recounted by ex-employees and members of the Basingstoke community.

VIVID Partnership Manager, Cleon Hutton, said “We’ve been thrilled with the input we’ve received from local people in Basingstoke who share a fondness for this iconic building and have helped us to share it’s story.  The exhibition is a great testament to some important times in Basingstoke’s history.”

The exhibition is a great testament to some important times in Basingstoke’s history.