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Although it now no longer exists as a physical entity many of the elements that made it up will continue to exist as an online collection.

The resource constituted one of the richest and most important collections of specialised creative theatre material to be found anywhere in the world

The collection was a major teaching tool for intending creative theatre professionals, teachers, researchers, archivists and conservationists. Also a unique visitor attraction to extend the knowledge and awareness of creative theatre – an art of expression as old as humankind.

The Collection was a major resource for formal and higher education, and professional training. It was also effortlessly multicultural, and represents most cultures worldwide.

One of the major components of the collection was a unique library or bibliotech. It consisted of some seven thousand volumes. Many of them of major international importance, from the 19th and 20th centuries, and from most parts of the world. The collection also contained thousands of original research documents dealing with all aspects of creative theatre.

The John M Blundall Collection

The masks in the collection including a rare collection of Japanese Noh Masks.

noh masks

Here you can find a selection of prints and engravings that were part of the collection.


You can see some of the puppets from the collection from all over the world.


The collection contained a vast array of Punch material ranging from Toby jugs and prints to door stops and toothpaste.


As well as the Noh masks, many other types from all over the world were part of the collection


A selection of puppets from the collection that were on display in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Education Suite.


A large collection of toy theatres and actor portraits.

toy theatre books

The collection contained some 7000 volumes from all over the world.