Esther Rantzen opens Museum of Childhood exhibition

PUBLISHED: 10:45 11 October 2012

Esther Rantzen poses with Muffin the Mule, featured in Modern British Childhood 1948-2012

Esther Rantzen poses with Muffin the Mule, featured in Modern British Childhood 1948-2012


Presenter and Childline founder Esther Rantzen was in Bethnal Green last night (Wednesday) to open an exhibition at the Museum of Childhood.

Modern British Childhood 1948-2012, which opens to the public on Saturday, explores the development of British childhood between the 1948 and 2012 London Olympics.

Ms Rantzen, who last week spoke of her belief in the child sex abuse allegations made against the late Jimmy Savile, founded Childline in 1986.

She was at the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood, on Cambridge Heath Road, to formally open the exhibition.

Ms Rantzen reportedly led a sing-along to the theme of Muffin the Mule, as well as talking about the work of Childline.

It was through her interaction with children while presenting consumer lifestyle series That’s Life! that Childline came to be founded.

One of the show’s most popular features, a dog who could say the word sausages, was referenced during the event.

Also present was Joe Birrell, who took part as an 18-year-old in the 1948 Games, and Anne Wood, creator of Teletubbies.

The exhibition features artefacts from a pair of 1950s children’s NHS prescription glasses to the 2005 Teddy mobile phone designed for under fives.

It traces the transformation of childhood through education, health, family, entertainment, fashion and play, as well as considering the impact of politics and the economy.

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