Reporter 395, 20 January 1997


Thunderbirds are go - to Bretton Hall

A unique collection of objects - ranging from Pennyfarthing bicycles to Gerry Anderson's original puppets for Thunderbirds and Fireball XL5 - has found a new home and a secure future at Bretton Hall, a college of the University, following an agreement with Wakefield Council.

The collection was brought together by former West Riding chief education officer Sir Alec Clegg, who aimed to give teachers - and children - access to real objects to support their studies. Today, the collection has grown to 25,000 objects housed in over 5,000 custom-built transit boxes - probably the largest of its type in Europe. Works in every conceivable medium include those by artists such as Elizabeth Frink and L S Lowry and a vast collection of natural history specimens, scientific models and historical artefacts.

Unpacking Fireball XL5 and Thunderbirds puppets is Patsy Cullen, Bretton Hall's head of library learning resources.

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