The magical worlds of The Clangers and Bagpuss are explored in a new exhibition at the Ipswich Art Gallery (next to the Museum) and there is the chance to learn how to speak Clanger!
The Clangers, Bagpuss & Co. exhibition, which runs until 28th October, comes from the V&A Museum of Childhood and will delight not only those who grew up with these iconic characters but also a new generation of children currently enjoying The Clangers on CBeebies.
Created by Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin and filmed in a barn in Kent, these characters brought new life to children’s television. Clangers, Bagpuss & Co is the first major retrospective of Smallfilms – Firmin and Postgate’s influential and much-loved production company – and includes films not seen for decades.
These quirky and inventive programmes shaped the childhood memories of millions. As well as telling the story of Bagpuss and The Clangers, the exhibition goes behind the scenes of some of their other creations: Pogles Wood, Noggin the Nog and Ivor the Engine.
The Mayor of Ipswich, Sarah Barber, who will welcome guests to the exhibition launch, said, “The warm nostalgia many of us hold for these iconic TV characters is something to celebrate and indulge in. The skills that Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin put into creating these characters and programmes should be cherished, too, and they are openly celebrated in this exhibition. They are important traits for us to nurture in our children as they grow up in our changing world.”
The exhibition will enhance the Museum Service’s summer holiday programme, which includes a variety of workshops and talks. It will also provide the answer to why Bagpuss is pink and not orange as planned, and give you the opportunity to learn to speak “Clanger”.
Visitors will also be able to animate the characters using modern technology and look at the scripts to find out what the Clangers were actually saying.
The Ipswich Art Gallery is in High Street, Ipswich. Entry is free and the exhibition is open Mondays to Saturdays from 10am to 5pm, and Sundays from 11am to 5pm.
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