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Happy Birthday, Mr Punch
14 July - 9 December 2012
The first recorded sighting in England of a Mr Punch puppet was made in
1662 in the diary of Samuel Pepys. As part of The Big Grin, a nationwide
celebration of Mr Punch's 350th birthday, the V&A Museum of Childhood
is dedicating a photography exhibition, a display of historic puppets
and a series of family events to the face of fun, slapstick and British
This will be the only UK exhibition dedicated to Mr Punch
in this anniversary year.
The collection includes toys - including dolls, dolls' houses, puppets and teddy bears - games, childcare, clothing, furniture and art and photography. In addition, the Museum runs a dynamic programme of temporary exhibitions and displays, a wide variety of activities, events and workshops for adults and families, outreach projects in hospitals and the local community, and an award-winning programme for schools.
The Museum aims to encourage everyone to explore the themes of childhood past and present, and to develop an appreciation of creative design through our inspirational collections and varied public programme."