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Pudsey Bear

Teddy Bear
2003 (manufactured)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Pudsey Bear is the official mascot for the BBC’s UK charity Children in Need and features in its logo. The bear was created in 1985 by BBC Graphics designer Joanna Ball and named after her hometown of Pudsey, West Yorkshire. Originally introduced for the 1985 appeal as a brown bear, the design was amended the following year to a yellow bear with a bandage over one eye. Pudsey is produced as a soft toy and sold to benefit the charity.


Object details

Categories
Object type
TitlePudsey Bear (assigned by artist)
Materials and techniques
stitched and stuffed nylon plush
Brief description
Yellow nylon plush Pudsey Bear made in China for Asda in 2003
Physical description
Unjointed nylon plush bear in a seated position. The colour is predominantly yellow with white paw pads and inner ears. There are two black and white fabric buttons on the front of the bear. The nose and mouth are stitched in black and the latter is wide and smiling. The eyes are fabric. There is a white handkerchief with red spots attached and tied around the right eye with the knot above the left ear.
Dimensions
  • Height: 16cm
Production typeMass produced
Summary
Pudsey Bear is the official mascot for the BBC’s UK charity Children in Need and features in its logo. The bear was created in 1985 by BBC Graphics designer Joanna Ball and named after her hometown of Pudsey, West Yorkshire. Originally introduced for the 1985 appeal as a brown bear, the design was amended the following year to a yellow bear with a bandage over one eye. Pudsey is produced as a soft toy and sold to benefit the charity.
Collection
Accession number
B.105-2012

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Record createdOctober 18, 2012
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