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The toy doll was made around 1870 during the Victorian period, that’s over one hundred and fifty years ago. It belonged to a girl who grew up in Victorian Canterbury. When the girl grew up she gave her doll to the museums, so children in the future could learn about what childhood was like for Victorian children.
Bagpuss is a famous stuffed toy cat who starred alongside a girl called Emily in a very popular animated television programme made in the 1970s. Bagpuss was created by Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate in Canterbury. “Emily had a shop, it was rather an unusual shop because it didn’t sell anything. You see, everything in that shop window was a thing that somebody had once lost and Emily had found and brought home to Bagpuss.” Today Bagpuss lives at The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge.