Famous 20th century puppets on display in Wolverhampton

A former puppet show which proved popular with children in the 20th century is to go on exhibition at a Black Country venue.

Some of the puppets on display with museum staff member Sue
Some of the puppets on display with museum staff member Sue

The exhibition on the Hogarth Puppets is taking place at Bantock House in Wolverhampton up until January 31.

Muffin the Mule

A range of puppets can be viewed inside glass cabinets at the Finchfield Road site.

The Hogarth Puppets was founded in 1932 by Jan Bussell and Ann Hogarth and went on to become one of Britain's best known puppet companies at home and abroad, appearing on television every Saturday night.

Some of the puppets on display

The most famous character Muffin the Mule will also be on display in Wolverhampton.

The Hogarth Puppets was the earliest puppetry on television.

The show was broadcast live on Saturday evenings from a caravan theatre outside the BBC headquarters during the 1930s.

More of the puppets on display

In the Second World War, the then London County Council commissioned Jan and Ann to entertain children in London parks.

This part of their work continued well after the war too.

They also toured internationally with their string puppets regularly visiting Australia, Asia, the United States and Europe.

Muffin the Mule with staff member Sue

The exhibition at Bantock will look at a range of their puppets.

Entry is free.

To contact the attraction, call 01902 552195 or visit www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/visit/bantock.

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