30 Years of Warhammer 40,000: From the Archives

2017 is the 30th anniversary of Warhammer 40,000, with Warhammer 40,000 Rogue Trader released back in 1987, and many more releases taking place since!

As the Exhibitions Curator, I’ve been busy in the archives and digital files, getting displays of early Warhammer 40,000 ready, so here’s a gander at what we’re planning for you.

Finding pre-1990’s miniatures in our archives requires some detective work, since over the years they’ve been mixed in with later miniatures, or repainted to more “modern” colour schemes or even converted. Here are some highlights from my discoveries:

Alongside Space Orks, Eldar, Imperial Guard and Space Marines, I’ve winkled out a few other miniatures from 1987 to 1990, as well as identifying two of the very first Space Marines – They’re actually 31 years old! In June we’re doing some work to the Exhibition Centre, so from June 17th you can see many of these miniatures in a new display.

From the product archive, two boxes packed with classic boxed games and boxed miniatures have been entrusted to me, some still in their original shrink wrap!

Finally, a massive timeline of Warhammer 40,000 history has been collated (it’s two and a half meters tall, and three meters long!), including an image to represent each year. This is going to Warhammer Fest with a dateline where you can make your mark, to let us know when you started with Warhammer 40,000, and what first got you into it.

If you join us at Warhammer Fest, you’ll get to see all this and much more for yourself, to pick out which releases you remember being excited (or vexed!) about. Some of the timeline display will also be at upcoming Warhammer World events, so watch out for Open Days and other special events being announced.

Hopefully by May 27th I’ll have returned from the cupboards and archive and blown the dust off myself, and I’ll see you at Warhammer Fest! – Lise