I mentioned in my last post, that after we had toured Sudbury Hall, we headed next door on the grounds to the Museum of Childhood. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised with the interesting history of toys through the ages, and recognising a few of my favourites. No this picture isn’t upside down, that room is on the ceiling!I had quite a few barbies when I was little, but unfortunately not these sophisticated looking ones. I think they should bring back some of the sophistication.There was also a model schoolhouse room, to show what education as a child would have looked like. Adam was naughty and was forced to put the dunce hat on. I never had a dolls house (I did however have a my little pony house) but I love looking at the old fashioned ones, with their perfect wooden furniture, they look so realistic.This doll creeped me out. It apparently has three different faces according to the sign, so without it’s bonnet I think it would be a thing of nightmares. These little cats were called “cat nine pins” so must have been used as the pins in a bowling game? Seems a little harsh, I think they are too cute to get knocked over. This thing, *shudders* ALSO the thing of nightmares! Oh man. We watched a video about the robotics of the old toys, which was actually really interesting. There were some clever toy makers back in the day. This rabbit in a head of lettuce was in the video, and the rabbit actually hides in the lettuce and pops out. It’s beady red eyes freak. me. out.
All in all, I really enjoyed visiting the Museum of Childhood, but after seeing the prices was glad we were National Trust members, as the £8.50 adult admission fee seems a bit steep to me. If you are going to the Hall, the fee is the same, but if you can get a combined ticket for £15 saving yourself a little money.
I noticed a lack of Ninja turtle paraphernalia, must be they weren’t as big in Engand. (Fun fact, Adam told me they were called Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles instead of Ninja turtles, strange)
What was your favourite childhood toy?