Phil Silvers' Legacy
Above: Steve in the Museum.
The only Museum in the world dedicated to American comedian Phil Silvers is about to get bigger and better! Visitor numbers have grown at a phenomenal rate since our launch on 1 November, 2015 and we need to enlist your support to bring Phil's legacy to a bigger audience!
￼Above: One of Phil's coats on display.
Phil, a self confessed Anglophile has always been revered and admired by the British public. Bilko was a perennial favourite on the BBC for a staggering 47 years and is still being enjoyed today by a new generation of fans.
Above: Current Museum display.
Phil Silvers timeline:
1981: Steve & Mick discover Bilko on the BBC.
1983: Make contact with Phil and his family.
1984: Launch The British Phil Silvers Appreciation Society.
1985: Phil gives his blessing for the Society on the BBC.
1989: The Society raises nearly £500 for the BBC's Comic Relief charity.
1992: Various guest appearances on TV and Radio.
1999: Successfully campaign to secure Phil a posthumous Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2005: CBS invite us to work on the 50th Anniversary DVD.
2014: Work extensively on the UK boxset and present Bilko at the BFI with Cathy Silvers.
2015: Launch Sgt Bilko's Vintage Emporium and The Phil Silvers Archival Museum in FarGo Village.
Above: Phil's natty waistcoat.
To free up some much needed space we'll need to make some internal alterations, construct a new dividing wall and purchase light sensitive window blinds and cabinets to safely display the animation art and cels. We are also planning an extensive image gallery and a bigger large screen monitor to screen Phil's work.
Above: Steve with the Ronzoni statuette.
The Museum has been self funded since its inception but in order to expand we need to enlist your financial support. All money raised will be spent on bringing you a bigger, brighter and better Museum!
Above: Phill Jupitus with a Bilko animation pencil sketch.
Above: Steve with Danny Baker.
Celebrity fans who have kindly pledged support include Phill Jupitus, Danny Baker, Mark Hamill and Tim Vine.
'Steve and Mick: Thank you for getting this amazing place together. A joy! TAYYYYYY-UP!' - Phill Jupitus, January 2017.
'This is great work you do. I am awed. It is in the spirit of Phil Silvers the joy unfolds.' - Danny Baker, February 2017.
Above: Tracey, Steve and Iren.
'Phil loved you guys and so do we! I keep thinking of my Dad, why is that?' - Tracey, Iren and Meryl, May 2016.
Above: The man who made this all possible: Mr Phil Silvers.
If you love and admire Phil Silvers as much as we do please support our very worthy cause. Over his lifetime Phil bought joy and happiness to millions of people. Let's return the favour by supporting the only Museum in the world that continues to celebrate his life and legacy. Every single penny will count in bringing you a bigger, better Museum. In these uncertain times we all need to escape to happier times. This tiny celebration to all things Phil, tucked away in FarGo Village brings guaranteed smiles to everyone who visits!
'Great to finally see this superb and important Museum.' - Helen Wheatley, University of Warwick, Centre for TV History, Heritage & Memory, July 2016.