The famous Mr Men are 45 years old - and the precious collection of a Rowlands Castle ‘superfan’ is on show in an anniversary exhibition.
Michelle Harrop fell in love with the characters and their Little Miss companions as a little girl and has built up a treasured assortment of items associated with the characters.
It includes a Mr Men child’s tea set which Michelle says is her most treasured item.
She has also donated a rare Mr. Men spinning top which sits in pride of place in the show, an original Mr. Strong plush figures which has been well loved and cared for and a rare Mr. Men slide projector from from the 1980s.
Her collection forms part of a pop-up exhibition to celebrate the brand’s 45th birthday.
Held at London’s South Bank, the museum has been designed specifically with kids in mind, with exhibits displayed at a child’s scale throughout.
The exhibition features hundreds of pieces of memorabilia from the past 45 years, celebrating the nation’s favourite Mr Men and Little Miss characters.
Fans will be able to add their own memorabilia to the exhibition via the Mr Men Little Miss virtual archive, by simply uploading an image of their favourite item on their phone or laptop. Consumer items uploaded to the virtual archive will be on display on rolling screens at the exhibition, alongside physical items, creating an ever-changing exhibition of the nation’s most-loved Mr Men and Little Miss memorabilia.
Open during the last week of the summer holidays, the Mr Men Little Miss Mini Museum takes place at Gallery@OXO, beneath the iconic OXO Tower on London’s South Bank.
Michelle said: ‘I can’t wait to share my collection with fans this summer.
‘I first fell in love with the brand as a child reading the books, and know many other adults feel the same. With Mr Men Little Miss turning 45 this year, the Mini Museum is a great opportunity to help a new generation of children discover these brilliant characters in an interactive way.
‘I’ll also be adding my own memorabilia to the virtual archive, which is an amazing way for fans all over the country to share memories of their favourite characters.’
Lisa Macdonald of Mister Men Ltd said: ‘We know how much our fans love our characters, and our virtual archive and Mini Museum will be the perfect way for them to share memories and memorabilia in celebration of the series’ 45th Birthday. We can’t wait to see all the Mr Men Little Miss items shared with all our fans around the world.’
The Mr Men Little Miss Mini Museum is open until Monday August 29. The exhibition takes place at Gallery@OXO, situated on the ground floor of the OXO Tower on London’s South Bank.
Fans can upload their memorabilia to the Mr Men Little Miss archive at www.mrmen.com/archive