Record numbers flock to see BBC Children’s characters past and present

It’s been such an amazing experience seeing this exhibition come together and to see record numbers of people coming along on its opening day is absolutely brilliant. Joe Godwin, Director, BBC Children’s
Date: 22.07.2014     Last updated: 22.07.2014 at 15.47
Category: CBeebies; CBBC
A record number of visitors flocked to the brand-new 'Here’s One We Made Earlier’ exhibition at The Lowry in Salford on its opening day, to catch a glimpse of some of the most iconic characters from the history of BBC Children’s broadcasting.

More than 2,400 people visited the free exhibition on Saturday, making it the busiest opening day of a special exhibition in The Lowry’s history.

The exhibition tells the story of BBC Children’s broadcasting – past, present and future – bringing together many of the programmes and characters that have defined UK childhoods over the past 92 years. Iconic items, footage, puppets and props from the BBC Archives and private and public collections across the country have been sensitively displayed – many for the first time since transmission.

From Bill & Ben, Muffin The Mule and Andy Pandy to Teletubbies, Wolfblood, Newsround and Blue Peter, the exhibition reflects on the shifting perceptions of children in society, from 1922 when toddlers were asked to ‘sit comfortably’ in front of the family wireless for Children’s Hour, to today’s children who take centre stage on air and online.

Michael Simpson, director of visual art and engagement at The Lowry, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled at the response to the exhibition on its opening day. To see families - of up to four generations in some cases - reminiscing and discussing their experience of BBC Children’s broadcasting is what the exhibition was all about – and we’re looking forward to welcoming many more visitors over the summer holidays.”

Joe Godwin, Director of BBC Children’s, said: “It’s been such an amazing experience seeing this exhibition come together and to see record numbers of people coming along on its opening day is absolutely brilliant. With 92 years of wonderful programmes to call upon, we were really keen that there was something for everyone to enjoy in this exhibition - and it's great to see grandparents, parents and children all coming face to face with their favourite childhood characters."

Here’s One We Made Earlier, The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ. Saturday, 19 July – Sunday, 12 October 2014. FREE. Open daily until 5pm.

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