Clangers, Bagpuss & Co

I went to the River and Rowing Museum in Henley where they have a small exhibition on the making of the children’s classics the Clangers, Bagpuss, Ivor the Engine and Noggin the Nog. These were the creations of Oliver Postgate who provided the narrations and Peter Firmin who built the puppets. Although these characters were not new during my childhood I do remember enjoying watching the repeats.

On display are some of the original models used to make the animations. These models are much smaller than I expected as they looked bigger on the television. Also shown was some of the camera equipment used for filming.

In a side room, there is a TV with a selection of programs that you can watch showing the progression of the animation techniques and technology over a period of about 20 years including the transition from black and white to colour.

As well as visiting the museum I had a walk and lunch by the river.

Access to the museum is good and as I have already been in the last 12 months (RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch) I already have a ticket so it was free to get in. However, if it is your first time it will cost you £11.