What were your childhood favourites? Books were a big part of my childhood and I devoured all sorts of books from Enid Blyton to Biggles, Jennings to the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. It didn’t really matter to me whether a book was written for girls or boys as long as it had a good story. Another favourite that I shared with my siblings was always the Mr Men.
We loved the Mr Men books and their fabulous illustrations. Mr Bump with his bandages and his accident prone adventures always delighted as did Mr Greedy with his big belly. Our favourite of all though was Mr Tickle. His impossibly long arms meant that nobody was safe from being tickled: we loved how his arms would reach round corners and upstairs to find their victims. Believe it or not the Mr Men are now 45 years old.
Over the summer Mr Men Little Miss have a pop-up exhibition for children (of all ages) to celebrate the brand’s 45th birthday. Held at London’s South Bank, the museum has been designed specifically with kids in mind, with exhibits displayed at a child’s scale throughout.
The exhibition will feature hundreds of pieces of memorabilia from the past 45 years, celebrating the nation’s favourite Mr Men and Little Miss characters. Fans will be able to add their own memorabilia to the exhibition via the Mr Men Little Miss virtual archive, by simply uploading an image of their favourite item on their phone or laptop. Consumer items uploaded to the virtual archive will be on display on rolling screens at the exhibition, alongside physical items, creating an ever-changing exhibition of the nation’s most-loved Mr Men and Little Miss memorabilia. The first 45 people to upload an item to the virtual archive will receive a limited edition print signed by Adam Hargreaves.
Open during the last week of the summer holidays, the Mr Men Little Miss Mini Museum takes place at Gallery@OXO, beneath the iconic OXO Tower on London’s South Bank. Fans old and new can explore the collection, add their own pieces to the exhibition via the virtual archive, take time out in the Mr Men Little Miss story time library area, and take snaps of themselves inside a specially-created ‘Happyland’ backdrop alongside their favourite Mr Men & Little Miss characters. The exhibition will also include a personalisation stand for visitors to take home their very own personalised print of a Mr Men or Little Miss character as a memento.
The Mr Men Little Miss Mini Museum will be open between Wednesday 24th August and Monday 29th August 2016. The exhibition takes place at Gallery@OXO, situated on the ground floor of the OXO Tower on London’s South Bank.