Bromley Museum's nostalgic toy exhibition is 'overwhelming' success
PUBLISHED: 09:35 07 August 2013 | UPDATED: 09:35 07 August 2013
Around the World in 80 Toys opened earlier this month after the museum, in Church Hill, Orpington, called for residents to bring in their favourite childhood playthings.
Display cabinets are now packed with nostalgia-stirring items, including a stuffed toy dog donated by a resident who was given the furry friend by his mother when he was evacuated during the Second World War.
Museum curator Marie-Louise Kerr says the toy appeal received an overwhelming response, leading to many items being held in reserve.
“We have been very lucky”, she said. “We have had to hold back on our own toys because we received so many, but it’s great that people want to share their memories.
“There’s a lovely black Scottie dog made by the lender’s mother which he was given when he was evacuated. That toy is over 70 years old, and he explained that his children and grandchildren have all played with it.”
Other items include a 1970s Fisher Price kitchen, a 1950s-style car set and copious amounts of stuffed toy animals.
The museum is hosting a number of activity days linked to the exhibition, including a paddle doll workshop today (Thursday), teaching childrens how to make toys used by ancient Egyptians.
Around the World in 80 Toys runs until September 21. More details bromley.gov.uk/events.