Bromley Museum prepares to go Around the World in 80 Toys from Monday

PUBLISHED: 11:22 11 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:22 11 July 2013

Classic toys and board games, such as Monopoly, will be on display at Bromley Museum.

Classic toys and board games, such as Monopoly, will be on display at Bromley Museum.


Parting with your favourite childhood toy is never easy but generous Bromley residents have been more than happy to, all in the name of an exhibition displaying toys from around the world, spanning decades.

Bromley Museum wanted to host an exhibition over the summer holidays which would appeal to the whole family and opted for one showcasing toys and childhood objects.

Although the museum has some of its own toys, staff appealed for more from the public and have been overwhelmed by the response.

“The cabinets will be crammed,” grins curator Marie-Louise Kerr. “We’ve appealed for exhibits in the past but this is the best response we’ve ever had.

“Toys are something that people can relate to. They take people on a trip down memory lane to a time when life wasn’t so serious. It’s pure escapism.”

Teddies, dolls, a 1960s version of Monopoly are among the nostalgic items to go on display.

“We’ve also received so many toy cars – all kinds imaginable,” adds Marie-Louise.

“The boys, dads and granddads will be very happy indeed.”

Around the World in 80 Toys is on display from Monday, July 15, to September 21 at Bromley Museum in Church Hill, Orpington.

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