On Thursday, 28 February, 2019, a special commemorative event took place to honour Bob Pelham, founder of Pelham Puppets. 

Marlborough Town Mayor, Cllr. Lisa Farrell along with Astrid and Sue Pelham, Bob Pelham’s nieces, unveiled a Blue Plaque in Kingsbury Street, across from the Town Hall in Marlborough, Wiltshire to mark the place where Pelham Puppets were first produced.

The date coincided with a very special day, as it would have been Bob’s 100th birthday.

The Town Mayor, Councillor Farrell said, “This blue plaque is a fitting tribute to Bob Pelham who played a hugely important part in Marlborough’s history.

L to R: David Leech Sue Pelham Astrid Pelham and the Town Mayor, Cllr Lisa Farrell

Many of Marlborough’s residents will remember the importance of Pelham Puppets to the town and may well have worked in Kingsbury Street or at the factory based in London Road. Others will have grown up playing with the internationally famous puppets and will have their own personal favourites. Today is our chance to say thank you.”

Following the unveiling there was a Reception attended by former employees of Pelham Puppets.




Pelham Puppets in Marlborough Museum
Pelham Puppets finally have their own dedicated space in Marlborough Museum, within the Merchant’s House on the High Street, for visitors to see and enjoy.
I installed the first, small display, on 12th August 2021, (with the help of “puppet expert,” Maggie – my granddaughter,) featuring half a dozen of the most popular puppets as well as some Pelpup News magazines and other information about the Pelham Puppet Company.
This small display is the ‘introduction’ of the Pelham Puppet Museum project and plans for a larger, permanent space to display many more puppets and items related to the History & Development of the Company are being prepared for 2022 and beyond. Further information will be added about this later in the year as the project develops. “Watch this space!”