Mum Cool: Muppet Restorations

Conserving the MuppetsMost of us are huge Muppet fans – it was the compulsory viewing of our childhoods.  First at 6pm on a Sunday evening and then later on once interest had dwindled we watched them again on Saturday morning re-runs.  I was delighted to find that my kids were addicted to the DVDs and that they know each episode almost as well as I do.

Of course since the Muppets there was Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock…and Elmo.  But the Muppets are getting old  and so, on the anniversary of Jim Henson’s birthday, the National Museum of American History received a donation of more than 20 Henson puppets and props, including characters from The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, and Fraggle Rock.

Read this charming article about how the curators and archivists at the museum have looked after the donations.  The way they talk about the decisions of how to manage the conservation of a set of national (and international) treasures that were never designed to last forever is really fascinating.

And who knew Grover wasn’t always blue?

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