TV Puppets: Icons From 80 Years of Entertainment (Clangers, Bagpuss, Thunderbirds, Basil Brush etc) FREE Exhibition @ Wolverhampton Art Gallery
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TV Puppets: Icons From 80 Years of Entertainment (Clangers, Bagpuss, Thunderbirds, Basil Brush etc) FREE Exhibition @ Wolverhampton Art Gallery

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Found 6th Feb
I was browsing for stuff to do with the kids over half term and stumbled upon this so thought I'd share for anyone lucky enough to live close by.
As well as telling the story of Bagpuss and the Clangers, the exhibition from the V&A Museum of Childhood goes behind the scenes of some of their other creations, including Pogles’ Wood, Noggin the Nog and Ivor the Engine
This exhibition features a delightful array of original creations. Exhibits range from simple hand puppets such as Iver from The Hoobs to elaborate marionettes such as Lady Penelope and Parker from Thunderbirds. Audience favourites such as Basil Brush and caricatures from ITV’s Spitting Image are also on show.

The exhibition has been curated in partnership with the National Puppetry Archive.
10 February 2018 - 29 April 2018
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I live in Gateshead. Too far. Gutted.
Good find
Nice. I'm only around the corner. The kids aren't old enough but me and the wife are
Too far for me, sadly. Who needs kids to go to this anyway? Clangers and Bagpuss sold it for me. I wish I could go...
I'l tell my friend I'm borrowing her daughter so I can go to the show.
Would love to go and see Bagpuss.
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Pootled21 m ago

I'l tell y friend I'm borrowing her daughter so I can go to the show.Would …I'l tell y friend I'm borrowing her daughter so I can go to the show.Would love to go and see Bagpuss.


That....wasn't the kids show puppet I thought you were going to say
Thanks for the heads up. I visited something like this back in 1998 (at the same venue) and from that started my Children's TV website based on what I saw / recorded (jedisparadise).

Great for big and little kids
Shame they didn't plan this as a UK national tour. I would love to go to this exhibition. I'm miles away from there.
Moonmonkeys22 m ago

That....wasn't the kids show puppet I thought you were going to say


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Pootled5 m ago



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Never been called 'lucky' to live here before!
Awesome, shame I live too far away, but kudos from Cardiff! Heat given.
erm excuse me but Basil Brush is real.
andywedge1 h, 19 m ago

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Oh.
Can't imagine they would have the flumps.
I would steel them if they did.
Might pop in next time I'm at uni there
Come to Gt. Yarmouth and see the Puppet Man.
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percyrush1 h, 58 m ago

erm excuse me but Basil Brush is real.



Did you see him on The Chase a few weeks ago? He was brilliant.
There is also one celebrating Cosgrove Hall on the outskirts of Manchester

watersidearts.org/wha…on/

Not the same, but also retro stuff
You could also try the media museum in Bradford that has George and Zippy and the Play School toys amongst others if you are feeling nostalgic for kids TV.
andywedge9 h, 54 m ago

Did you see him on The Chase a few weeks ago? He was brilliant.


just caught it on you.tube. lol. thanks matey
If you visit this Saturday you can see this talk for £5 whilst you are there, and it should be great - Zippy and Me with Ronnie Le Drew. Chances are he's been a part of your childhood as, as well as being Zippy, he's been behind puppets in everything from Michael Bentine's Potty Time to Laybyrinth. Already got my tickets, should be interesting.

wolverhamptonart.org.uk/wha…ew/

If the exhibition is half as good as the one a few years ago at the Herbert in Coventry I'll be delighted - got to meet most of my old heroes at that one, including Pob, the Button Moon posse, the Play School massive, Fingermouse and the Fingerbobs crew, Morph and all the other greats I grew up on, and my daughter got to hang with Colin the Runner Bean from Mr Bloom's garden.
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dannykerner199020 h, 48 m ago

Shame they didn't plan this as a UK national tour. I would love to go to …Shame they didn't plan this as a UK national tour. I would love to go to this exhibition. I'm miles away from there.


The Oliver Postgate stuff is a national exhibition. It’s been touring for a while. I caught it in Ipswich late last year.
liveinabin19 h, 52 m ago

The Oliver Postgate stuff is a national exhibition. It’s been touring for a …The Oliver Postgate stuff is a national exhibition. It’s been touring for a while. I caught it in Ipswich late last year.


Yup, it's a touring exhibition from the VA museum of childhood in Bethnal Green (which is also free and well worth a visit when you are in London). The dates are listed on their page, it's off to Hull from May to July then Cheltenham from August to November if that helps anyone.

The Story Of Children's Television exhibition that I saw in Coventry also went to a few places - I seem to remember the gallery was sending it out to Middlesbrough, Bristol and Portsmouth afterwards, but sure there will have been more too. Not sure if it's still on the road, I suspect it's been broken up by now.

Animazing in Eastbourne have done a couple of exhibitions too, and are supposed to be opening the first ever permanent Children's TV museum this year
Sale (nr Manchester) at the Waterside centre has a Cosgrove Hall exhibit.
It's not very big but has Postman Pat dolls, Dangermouse (the david jason version) and some others I didn't recognise.
Check it's still on before travelling.
Went to this yesterday, good fun but it's not massive (two small room) so you'll probably be done in half an hour, so it's something to combine with a visit to something else rather than make a special journey to Wolverhampton. There's Bagpuss, Button Moon, George and Zippy, Fozzy Bear, Cloppa Castle, Captain Scarlet, the Clangers and a fair few more represented.
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