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Barnaby Bear

  • Object:

    Glove puppet

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    2011 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Geographical Association (designers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plush and polyester, machine sewn.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Geographical Association

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Barnaby Bear is a character developed in the early 2000s by the Geographical Association and the Department for Education and Schools, and was cemented in the National Curriculum unit 'Where in the World is Barnaby Bear?'. He is a teddy bear who travels the world, meeting people and discovering more about the planet. He appears as a puppet for use in the classroom, in books and DVDs and in a BBC series.
A bear is suitable for accompanying children round the world, being both exotic and familiar, and a common travelling companion for young children. The shared use of a single character around the country has also enabled the development of networks and partnerships between schools, and global geocaching projects have also grown up arouund Barnaby Bear.
Barnaby is interesting as a character developed with a primarily educational function, and demonstrates a successful partnership between a national organisation, schools, and the media.

Physical description

Plush teddy bear glove puppet, with brown body, cream muzzle, plastic eyes and hard brown nose. Red tartan bow-tie is stitched to front. White pads on the feet are embroidered with words 'Barnaby' and 'Bear'. There is a paper merchandising label on plastic tag through proper left ear. The inside of the puppet is lined with synthetic material.

Place of Origin

China (made)


2011 (made)


Geographical Association (designers)

Materials and Techniques

Plush and polyester, machine sewn.

Marks and inscriptions

Barnaby Bear Glove Puppet
Geographical Association
Merchandising tag


Height: 23 cm, Width: 17 cm

Descriptive line

Barnaby Bear glove puppet, Geographical Association, made in China, 2011


Plush; Polyester; Plastic


Sewing; Stuffing; Embroidery


Children & Childhood; Education & Learning; Dolls & Toys

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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