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Inverness Museum in alien visitations boost

An Ood from Doctor Who
Doctor Who is one of the shows to feature in the exhibition

A museum at risk of closure is having one of its busiest spells after the opening of an exhibition of science fiction film and television props.

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery has had about 300 visitors a day since Invasion started on Saturday.

Props and costumes from Star Wars, Aliens, Predator, Mars Attacks and Doctor Who feature in the exhibition.

Cuts in the museum's funding is among proposals being considered by Highland Council to help make major savings.

A leaflet available at the local authority-run gallery warns it would be at risk of closure if support was reduced. It also seeks visitors' views on the museum.

Highland Council said Invasion had been proving to be one of the most popular exhibitions the museum has hosted.

The show has been touring the UK and brought in 1,000 visitors-a-day to Torquay Museum.

On its stop in the Highlands, the exhibition has been split between Inverness and Thurso's Swanson Gallery.

Save millions

Star Wars props include Chewbacca's head, a Darth Vader costume and lightsabre and a model of Yoda.

An alien from the Tim Burton directed Mars Attacks sits in the reception area of the museum's upper floor where the exhibits have been set up.

Props from the films Alien and Aliens and Predator and the Doctor Who television programmes are also on display.

Closing museums, swimming pools and community centres have been suggested as ways for Highland Council to save millions of pounds.

Youth work and the provision of adult education could also be reviewed.

Officials have produced a draft list of buildings and services that the public has been asked to consider as part of the council's efforts to save £36m.

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