Take a trip down memory lane this summer with M Shed’s new exhibition The Story of Children’s Television from 1946 to Today, opening on 2 July.

From the earliest days of Muffin the Mule to the multi-channel world of today, the exhibition traces the fascinating history of children’s television, bringing together seven decades of iconic objects, memorabilia, merchandise, clips and images.

Familiar faces including Mummy Woodentop, Gordon the Gopher, The Wombles, Sooty, Morph and the singing veggies from Mr Bloom’s Nursery will be on display alongside infamous objects like Blue Peter’s original Tracy Island.

The exhibition explores how children’s television is at the forefront of technological advancements in the wider world, looking in detail at animation, drama, puppets and factual programmes.

The Story of Children’s Television is part of M Shed’s ’Summer of Childhood’ that takes place over the holiday period. Introducing play and nostalgia throughout the museum, visitors can jump on board M Shed’s very own ‘Playbus’, take part in outdoor games, go for a train and boat ride, and slurp on a cool milkshake from M Café.


M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN

Tel: 0117 352 6600

Web: https://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/

Opening times: Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 5pm, Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 6pm