Coventry & Warwickshire

Children's TV exhibition to be held in Coventry

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Image caption The exhibition, called The Story of Children's Television, will look at programmes from 1946 to the present day

An exhibition looking at the history of children's television is to be held in Coventry.

The exhibition, called The Story of Children's Television, will look at programmes from 1946 to the present day and will be held in the city's Herbert Art Gallery and Museum.

The show will feature items such as the Tracy Island model built on Blue Peter and costumes from The Wombles.

It will run from 22 May to 13 September, the organisers said.

'All our childhoods'

The event, costing £66,000, is being part-funded by Culture Coventry and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

It also has the support of the BBC and ITV, as well as independent companies like Ragdoll Productions, the makers of the Teletubbies.

Organisers said it would include interactive exhibits and workshops, including screens showing footage from several TV favourites.

Image caption The show will feature costumes from The Wombles
Image caption It has the backing of the makers of the Teletubbies

It will feature programmes including Captain Pugwash, Basil Brush, Furchester Hotel, Grange Hill and many more.

After September, it will go on tour to other venues around the country.

Stephanie Brown, from Culture Coventry, the trust that runs the gallery, said: "We are all extremely excited about reliving our childhoods from Captain Pugwash to Basil Brush and The Magic Roundabout.

"There are many original artefacts and interactive features that will enthral adults and children alike.

"In many ways, The Story of Children's Television is the story of all of our childhoods."

Reyahn King, head of the HLF West Midlands, said: "Every generation has their own favourite childhood programmes.

"However, despite the central role they play in our culture, the story of children's television is under-researched.

"We're delighted to support this project to give this story its own showing and bring together decades of memories for us all to enjoy."

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