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60,000 visitors help make Here’s One We Made Earlier a Record Breaker at The Lowry

The exhibition charting the history of BBC Children’s broadcasting at The Lowry has become the most popular visiting exhibition in the venue’s 14-year history.

Here’s One We Made Earlier, which closed on Saturday, October 12, attracted more than 60,000 visitors since it opened on Sat 19 July.

Sooty & Sweep from The Sooty Show, which ran on the BBC from 1955 to 1967, proved the most popular characters in an exit poll with visitors. They were followed closely by Postman Pat and Paddington Bear.

Michael Simpson, director of visual art and engagement at The Lowry, said: “From the original discussions with the BBC through to the opening day, this has been a treat of an exhibition to work on.

“Our ambition was to get different generations of family and friends talking to one another about their memories of children’s programmes on the BBC – and from the visitor feedback, we’re confident we achieved that.”

Joe Godwin, director of BBC Children’s said: “Here’s One We Made Earlier has been an amazing celebration of BBC Children’s programmes and also a wonderful collaboration with The Lowry. The fact it has been their most popular visiting exhibition just goes to show how much these programmes have helped to shaped British childhoods for so many years. ”

The Lowry’s next visiting exhibition is Akram Khan: One Side to the Other, which opens on Saturday, November 15. It is the second of the Performer as Curator series, which launched in 2013 with an exhibition by Alison Goldfrapp