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Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood – Vintage toys

24 pics. The V & A Toy Museum is in Bethnal Green just a little north of Bethnal Green Underground station on Cambridge Heath Road. There are numerous events and workshops for children including schools groups.  It is worth seeing their website ⇒.

The museum is free to enter and photography is allowed but difficult due the lighting and reflections from the glass cases.  Nevertheless it is worth a visit, especially since their stock keeps being replenished from a large archive.

There is a second post with Chinese Rock Gardens, more toys and favourites from television here ⇐. 🙂

The V & A Museum of design in South Kensington is even larger and can be found here ⇐.

Dolls Houses

This just a sample.


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V & A Museum of Childhood Toy House
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V & A Museum of Childhood Dolls

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Toy Cooker and Tea Sets


V & A Museum of Childhood Toy Oven

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Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood Toy Tea Set

Toy Theatres


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V & A Toy Museum Punch and Judy

Mechanical Puppet

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V & A Toy Museum Mechancal Puppet

Johnny the Dunce is an early clockwork toy (circa 1850) with music and a swinging leg.

Vintage Models

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V & A Toy Museum Toy Car

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Steam Locomotives

The first two of these models have small spirit burners underneath which raise steam and result in locomotion.  A good way to set your carpet on fire.

There are more model steam engines/locomotives here ⇐.

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V & A Toy Museum Toy Stevensons Rocket

Rocking Horse

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V & A Toy Museum Rocking Horse

Teddy Bears

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V & A Toy Museum Teddy Bears

Painting

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V & A Toy Museum Painting of Boy in Top Hat

“We used to make our own amusement in the old days”.

11 responses

  1. Reblogged this on notewords and commented:
    Just a little something…

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    July 5, 2016 at 21:29

  2. Wonderful post and some great links! Thanks.

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    July 5, 2016 at 21:29

  3. Oh to be a child again, playing with my dollhouse! These are just magical Graham. There was another post about the V&A dollhouses. Britain has historically come up with so much wonderful enrichment for childrem, from AA Milne to Beatrice Potter to Harry Potter. I grew up with so much of it, CS Lewis to Tolkein, what a marvelous heritage!

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    July 5, 2016 at 22:09

    • I thought you would like that. Brits were always somewhat of dreamers. I always found Lewis intriguing. I wonder if you have you ever come across the Screwtape Letters or Lewis’s’ Space Trilogy.

      There is more from the Museum of Childhood later, but sorry no more dollhouses. 🙂

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      July 5, 2016 at 22:54

  4. I had no idea this even existed. What a marvelous place!

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    July 6, 2016 at 04:07

    • Yes and, from what I saw, very child friendly (i.e. several school parties and group activities.). 🙂

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      July 6, 2016 at 17:20

  5. Amazing toys! They don’t make them like that these days.

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    July 6, 2016 at 05:45

    • Quite so. I mean, where would you put the batteries. 😀 On the other hand, toys may have had more lasting charm because of the need to use imagination. 🙂

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      July 6, 2016 at 17:23

  6. We’re so glad you enjoyed your visit! Please do come again soon, our Collection displays get rotated to show even more of our archival material as only a small fraction can be on display at a time.

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    July 6, 2016 at 13:20

    • Thanks for the visit and I will include your comment about stock rotation in the article/post. 🙂

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      July 6, 2016 at 17:24

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