She was one fifth of the iconic British pop combo that stormed the charts worldwide and sparked the unstoppable Girl Power phenomenon.
Now a doll of Leeds’s very own Scary Spice Mel B is on display as part of an exhibition looking back at people’s favourite memories of growing up in Leeds.
Originally formed in 1994, the Spice Girls, made up of Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell and Victoria Adams had an incredible career which included nine UK number one singles and the biggest-selling album of all time by a girl group, with sales of 28 million copies worldwide.
Dolls like the one on display at Kirkstall’s Abbey House Museum were released by Galoob Toys in 1997 and became a massive seller that Christmas.
Eleven different sets were eventually released along with a sound stage playset and a series of extra costumes.
The Mel B doll is on display as part of the museum’s Decades of Youth exhibition, which comes to a close in January and also features other objects loaned by local people such as classic computer games consoles, music memorabilia and a selection of objects from 50s and 60 department stores in Leeds.
Young curators from Abbey House Museum’s Vintage Youth Club helped put the Decades of Youth exhibition together.
Councillor Brian Selby, Leeds City Council’s lead member for museums and galleries said:
“As anyone who has grown up in Leeds knows, it’s an amazing place to be young and what’s clear from this exhibition is that some of the experiences people have had in the city as young people have lasted a lifetime.”
Decades of Youth is open now at Abbey House Museum and runs until January.
For more details and admission charges, visit: www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries