22 August 2011

Join Bagpuss and Mr Toad for Our Toad Event!

Froglife has some exciting updates for our Tuppence a Toad event with the Zoological Society of London on Friday 30th September. As well as Mike Dilger, wildlife enthusiast from the BBC’s One Show, chairing an evening of informative discussions about toad conservation, the evening will also illuminate the cultural side of toads.

Bagpuss creator Peter Firmin will be joining us, with some reproductions of Gabriel the banjo playing toad from Bagpuss featured in our exhibition. Peter will also be talking about how we was inspired to created Gabriel.

Also featured in the Toads Through Time exhibition for mingling guests to enjoy will be photos of Terry Jones as Mr Toad, reproductions of illustrations from The Wind in the Willows by E.H Shepherd, Inga Moore and Robert Ingpen and images from Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel. There will be photos by Dennis Low from a city wide exhibition of giant toads installed in Hull last year, images of a giant sculpture by Keith Gibbons, and incredible art that blurs the line with science by Brandon Ballengée.

Froglife toad characters Widdy and Wigbert will be brushing shoulders with other toad celebrities at London Zoo on September 30th
On the night, you will be able to buy Froglife Christmas cards, toads and frog greetings cards, and enter our fabulous fundraising raffle. So far prizes include photographic prints courtesy of toadographer Dennis Low and a voucher for a pair of stunning wellies courtesy of Hunter!

All profits from the night will be split between Froglife and ZSL to go towards amphibian conservation projects.

The important details:

Tuppence a Toad: Tales from UK Toad Conservation and Beyond
Friday September 30th 2011
The Huxley Theatre, London Zoo, Regents Park, London, NW14RY
Doors open at 6pm with time to buy drinks and mingle
Talks starting at 7pm
Talks by Peter Firmin on the inspiration behind the creation of Gabriel, the banjo playing toad from the Bagpuss series, Froglife staff and trustees and ZSL researchers
Wrapping up at 10pm
Tickets: £8.50 or £5 for Froglife Friends

Thanks to: River and Rowing Museum Henley on Thames, Brandon Ballengee and The Arts Catalyst, Dennis Low and Larkin 25, Adrianne Lobel and Harper Collins, Robert Ingpen and Pallazzo Editions, Inga Moore and the Illustration Cupboard, Keith Gibbons, Terry Jones, Peter Firmin and Mike Dilger.

You can support our work conserving reptiles and amphibians and reptiles for as little as £1.50 a month. Sign up as a Froglife Friend and help save species and habitats here.

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