Children’s TV exhibition of ‘one we made earlier’

CLASSIC TALES Jackanory and Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men will be among the classic BBC Children's programmes dusted off and given an airing for the free Here's One We Made Earlier exhibition at The Lowry
CLASSIC TALES Jackanory and Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men will be among the classic BBC Children's programmes dusted off and given an airing for the free Here's One We Made Earlier exhibition at The Lowry
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Take a trip down memory lane at The Lowry’s latest exhibition.

BBC Children’s broadcasting, past, present and future, is told in a new, free exhibition at the Salford Quays venue opening this Saturday.

Here’s One We Made Earlier brings together the programmes and characters that defined UK childhood – from Bill & Ben, Muffin the Mule and Andy Pandy to Teletubbies, Wolfblood, Newsround and, of course, Blue Peter.

The exhibition brings together iconic items, footage, puppets and props from the BBC Archives as well as private and public collections from across the country.

Some of the footage will be being shown for the first time since transmission.

Organisers say 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: “The BBC’s 92-year commitment to children’s broadcasting ensures Here’s One We Made Earlier has something for everyone.

“School summer holidays are just around the corner and this exhibition is a great – and free – way for families and friends to compare and discuss childhood memories.”

Joe Godwin, director of BBC Children’s, said: “This exhibition gives today’s children as well as grown-up children a chance to take a trip down memory lane with BBC children’s programmes.

“Our programmes have defined childhoods for decades, and continue to do so and this exhibition also brings us right up to date with today’s favourites.

“Working alongside the Lowry to bring this exhibition to life has been an absolute pleasure and I hope families enjoy the exhibition as much as we have we enjoyed putting it together.”

The exhibitions runs until October 12 and is open daily until 5pm. Entry is free.

For more information about the exhibition, visit www.thelowry.com/BBCexhibition.