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Punch and Judy Exhibition, Museum of Childhood

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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
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That's The Way To Do It

I adored Punch and Judy shows as a kid. I saw them at my local spring fate every year. I would sit on a hay bale with a cup of lemonade in one hand and a hot sugary doughnut in the other. The policeman would accuse Mr. Punch of general mischief. 'Oh no I didn't!' Punch would say, and I'd call out through a mouthful of jam 'Oh yes you did!'

Those were the days. Whenever I hear reference to Mr. Punch, I always get a sense of nostalgia, and when I went to The Museum of Childhood last year and saw all the different puppets and the stripy red and white booth, I was once again taken back to the days of my childhood.

Until the 9th December, The Museum of Childhood is holding a special exhibition about the Punch and Judy show, which is celebrating its 350th Birthday. Punch's origins began in 16th century Italy, with a character called Pulcinella, but it was in 1662 that he made it to England and became the Mr. Punch we are all familiar with today.

The exhibit takes a closer look at the influences of this popular puppet, and feature photography by the 'Punch Professors'.
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Why? Learn about Punch's History
When: Until the 9th December
Phone: 44 (0)20 8983 5200
Where: The Museum of Childhood
Cost: Free
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