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Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood: Ancient and Modern and Clangers

Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood Chinese Rock Garden DSC_5163

22 pics.  These Chinese Rock Gardens were gifts from the Chia Ch’ing Emperor of China (1796-1820) to the French Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon Bonaparte.  It is said that the ship carrying these gifts was captured by an English warship.  The English offer to return the rock gardens to the French, after the 1802 Treaty of Amiens, was declined.

It is recorded that gardens arrived at the East India Company’s Museum in 1809 and passed to the South Kensington Museum (now the Victoria and Albert Museum) in 1880 and now displayed at the V & A Museum of Childhood.

They are in remarkably good condition and worth looking at the detail (click on the image and then again to magnify).

For more about the Museum and pictures of the more vintage toys, dolls houses and other items, please click here ⇐. For their website, events and services please click here ⇒.

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Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood Chinese Doll

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Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood Chinese Dolls

 

Dolls and Soft Toys

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Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood Sailor Bear

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Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood Paddington Bear

Paddington Bear

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Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood The Snowman, Dogtanian, Sooty, Sweep and Soo

The Snowman, Dogtanian, Sooty, Sweep and Soo

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Bagpus

Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood Bagpus

And, the singing mice.

Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood Bagpus Mice

The mice liked to sing so much that they would not work otherwise, not nohow.

Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood Bagpus Mouse

They also like to play tricks on Professor Yaffle.

Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood Bagpus Professor Yaffle

Professor Yaffle

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The Pogles

Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood Pogles

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Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood Pogles Witch

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AND THE :-.

Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood The Clangers

The Clangers live on their own small planet, communicate in mellifluous whistles and eat blue string pudding.

Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood Clangers and Soup Dragon

Soup Dragon, Clangers and Froglets

They also like soup from the soup wells tended by the friendly Soup Dragon.

Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood Small Clanger and Tiny Clanger

Small Clanger and Tiny Clanger

There are many characters in the Clangers, these are just a few.

A fuller understanding of British consanguineous eccentricity (i.e. as mad as knitting fog) might be obtained from taking a look at Bagpus, Clangers, Portland Bill, Dangermouse, Magic Roundabout (original version) and Shaun the Sheep (especially) on YouTube .

Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood Bunting form Lost in the Toy Museum

So, it’s goodnight from him, 

Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood Robot

..and it’s goodnight from ‘im.

3 responses

  1. Reblogged this on notewords.

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    July 8, 2016 at 20:54

  2. Amazing! Thanks for the post.

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    July 8, 2016 at 20:54

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