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Presenters of Blue Peter in 1972. From left: Peter Purves, Lesley Judd, Valerie Singleton and John Noakes with his dog Shep
Presenters of Blue Peter in 1972. From left: Peter Purves, Lesley Judd, Valerie Singleton and John Noakes with his dog Shep
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A new exhibition plotting the history of children’s television is opening at Portsmouth Museum on Saturday, October 17.

The Story of Children’s Television: from 1946 to Today is a touring exhibition from the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, which tells the story of all of our childhoods.

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This highly interactive exhibition is a celebration and exploration of children’s television in Britain.

It contains original material from some of the nation’s favourite children’s programmes, such as the original 1990s Tracy Island model created on Blue Peter, Gordon the Gopher from the Broom Cupboard, and the original puppets of Fingermouse and Rastamouse.

Packed full of hands-on activities for children and the young at heart The Story of Children’s Television traces the fascinating history of children’s television from 1946 to the present day.

It brings together iconic objects, memorabilia, merchandise, film clips and images and showcases original props and characters including; Little Ted and Humpty from Play School , Morph, the singing veggies from Mr Bloom’s Nursery and Major Clanger from the new BBC series.

Tracy Teasdale, learning officer at Portsmouth Museum said: ‘This exhibition looks at some of the latest programming for children as well as looking back at the last 70 years of children’s programmes.

There’s something for everyone - grandparents, parents and children will all have a favourite childhood character in the exhibition and be able to enjoy broadcast moments past and present which highlight the enduring appeal of children’s television.’

The exhibition runs from Saturday, October 17 to - Sunday, February 28, 2016, at Portsmouth Museum, PO1 2LJ. Entry is free.