The British Puppet & Model Theatre Guild ~ The oldest puppetry organisation in the world. The Guild’s extensive archives and collection form the basis for the National Puppetry Archive. From the Guild’s site you can find out more about the organisation and join online.
The Puppet Centre ~ Based in the Battersea Arts Centre, London. The Puppet Centre trust is a national development agency for the art form of puppetry. Their collection of puppets and related material forms an integral part of the National Puppetry Archive.
Puppeteers UK ~ PUK is the umbrella organisation which brings together the four main puppetry organisations in the UK to provide a unique information service about all aspects of puppetry within the UK. From a ‘What’s On’ to a directory of puppeteers and puppet makers.
The V&A Museum ~ The V&A Theatre collection contains a range of important objects relating to British puppetry – including items donated by the Guild and the large collection of Tiller Clowes marionettes. Some of these items can be seen via the V&A’s online collections database.
The World through Wooden Eyes ~ The collection of puppets and related material belonging to John Blundall is now housed at the Mitchell Library, Glasgow. Many images of items from the collection and details of how to visit can be found on their website.
The Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre ~ As well as being a centre of puppetry The Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre houses: The Miles Lee Collection of puppets and marionettes; The Malcolm Knight Collection of masks and puppets and The Caricature Theatre Collection amongst others.
The Museum of London ~ The Museum of London has in it’s a collection a small but very important group of television puppets including Andy Pandy and Bill and Ben. Puppets from this collection can be viewed by searching their collection online.
Biggar Puppet Theatre ~ The Biggar Puppet Theatre has a small museum containing important puppets from many of the notable British puppet makers including Victorian Barnard figures, and marionettes made by Eric Bramall, John Thirtle and Stan Parker
The Pitt Rivers Museum ~ The Pitt Rivers collection contains approx 450 puppets from many countries. Important British puppets in the collection include hand puppets made and used by Walter Wilkinson.
Douglas Hayward Collection ~ Ian Denny and Glen Holden have created an excellent site which acts as a companion piece to the Douglas Hayward puppet collection, housed in the Staffordshire County Museum at Shugborough Estate, near Stafford, UK. On their site you can see photographs and information on many of the great British puppeteers and puppet makers.