Muffin the Mule on display with friends at Wolverhampton museum

Some of the country’s best-known puppets will be on display at a city’s park museum.

Jan Bussell and Ann Hogarth with some of their many creations
Jan Bussell and Ann Hogarth with some of their many creations

The Hogarth Puppets exhibition will take place at Bantock House museum, giving people across the city the chance to see a host of famous puppets, such as Muffin the Mule.

The Hogarth Puppets became Britain’s best-known puppet company at home and abroad after being founded in 1932 by Jan Bussell and Ann Hogarth.

The pair started their careers with the earliest puppetry on television, with shows airing live on Saturday evenings during the 1930s from a caravan theatre outside the BBC headquarters.

During the Second World War London County Council commissioned them to entertain children in parks.

The Hogarth Puppets toured internationally with their string puppets regularly visiting Australia, Asia, the United States and Europe and the exhibition looks at a range of their puppets including their most famous creation.

Wolverhampton Council cabinet member for city economy, Councillor Stephen Simkins, said the council was happy to be able bring such an exhibition to Bantock House.

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