The World Through Wooden Eyes

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The Curator,
John M. Blundall Collection, The Mitchell Library, Glasgow G3 7DN
0141 287 2999

The World Through Wooden Eyes

Photo of puppets from the John M. Blundall Collection

The Mitchell Library houses an important collection of specialised creative theatre material.

Theatre using puppets, masks and performing objects is one of the oldest forms of creative expression. Although nothing exists from ancient times, there is evidence for the existence of puppets in China and India 2500 years ago. The Mitchell Library is now home to an important collection of puppets, masks, toy theatre and related books and prints which has been amassed by John M. Blundall over the last fifty years. 
A major educational resource, it represents most cultures throughout the world. It also contains a fine range of specialised tools and equipment for the creation of puppets, masks, scenic elements and decorative woodwork.The collection has been displayed in numerous art galleries, theatres, museums and other venues throughout the UK.


  • large number of antique and modern puppets of all types
  • masks from many different parts of the world, including rare Japanese Noh masks
  • original research documents on puppets, masks and performing objects
  • 19th and 20th century material/illustrations about Punch and Judy
  • marionettes and trick scenery from the 19th century
  • books about the history and development of all aspects of puppet theatre
  • puppet theatre magazines from all around the world
  • programmes and publicity material from international puppet theatre
  • correspondence with international puppeteers
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