Children’s TV from 1946 Exhibition at Derby Museums

Hey guys! Maymunah here! ?

I thought I’d go a little bit off topic this week and talk about a new exhibition that I’m super looking forward to at Derby Museum and Art Gallery, where I went on Work Experience last week.

Starting from the 15th October, there will be an exhibition on Children’s TV from 1946. It will explore how TV has changed the way children grow up and experience the world. They’ll be having a whole host of different props from TV shows, like Muffin the Mule, Morph, and a lot more other programmes that an older audience might remember. Personally I’m a bit rusty on them seeing as they were well before my time!

For a younger audience (including me!) are the Tweenies (think multi coloured faces), Brum, the little yellow car with eyes for headlights, Rastamouse and the vegetables from Mr Bloom’s Nursery. Granted, I was about ten when the latter was released so it wasn’t something that made up a huge part of my childhood…

It’s kinda crazy because I think the most nostalgic part of this all is the fact that the exhibitions are the originals from the TV shows. I never thought I’d ever see anything like that! Its so cool that it appeals to nearly every generation so even adults can enjoy this without feeling like “Oh my gosh, why am I here at a kids’ exhibition” kind of thing, which is ultimately what museums are about.

The aim of this exhibition is to try and explore how TV has shaped children as they grow up. The first thing you see as a child is TV! Children are introduced to cartoons to understand social life before they actually get out there in the real world (which is pretty ironic consider you’re learning how to be social without mixing with people). I’m also really hoping that the exhibition will be prompting a lot of discussion between different generations too, so that we all learn about childhoods from different perspectives!Children's TV from 1946 Derby Museums

What do you think about the Children’s TV exhibition? Do you think you’ll be able to come down and see it? Leave a comment below!