Farah Class Visits 2021-2022
Pollock’s Toy Museum
Pollock’s Toy Museum is the oldest toy museum in the UK. The collection of toys is housed in two buildings that have been joined to create the museum in Fitzrovia, London. One building dates back to the 18th century and the other to the 19th century. Each room in the museum is filled with unique cases displaying toys from the past. There are tin toys, optical toys, dolls houses, teddy bears, puppets, games from around the world and an unrivalled collection of Toy Theatre’s with a comprehensive archive of plays.
Toy theatres were very popular in the 19th century and John Kilby Green, a Victorian printer and publisher, printed many of these using engraved metal plates and then hand colouring them. He died in 1860 leaving his printing plates to John Redington who continued to sell them. His daughter Eliza Redington, married Benjamin Pollock who continued the business for a further 60 years.
BBC journalist Marguerite Fawdry, saved the collection of toy theatres. She wanted to showcase more than the little theatres, so while other people in post-war Britain were getting rid of Victorian toys and memorabilia, Mrs Fawdry was enthusiastically collecting them for her museum and toy shop.
Farah Class are studying Victorian Britain in History. We researched Victorian schools and inventions we are now learning about Victorian Toys.
We compared modern toys and those from the past, discussing the similarities and differences. Poor children had to make their own toys and the rich children bought theirs.