I was lucky enough to take a visit to Canterbury recently, where I made a visit to the Rupert Bear Museum. It was a must as I have loved him since I was a small child! Rupert’s creator Mary Tourtell was born in Canterbury and attended the local art college before going on to create the famous little bear for the Daily Express in 1921.

The front window of a ‘Rupert Bear Museum’ has been created as a room set for passers-by to look in and see Rupert and his parents having tea. I was also amazed to see some other iconic characters created by Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate, both of whom live locally, Bagpuss and The Clangers!

The museum is showing the original sets made by Peter for the 1970s television series, complete with the front of widow of Emily’s shop where Bagpuss and his friends came to life for generations of children’s TV audiences.

So here’s a set of nine high-resolution photographs free for you to download and share.
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