“If you love art, folly or the bright eyes of children, speed to Pollock’s”
What’s it about?
Pollock’s Toy Museum is the oldest toy museum in the UK. The collection is housed in two atmospheric 18th and 19th-century buildings in Fitzrovia, London. The collection was begun in 1956 by Marguerite & Kenneth Fawdry and is run by the Fawdry family to this day.
The Museum is named after Benjamin Pollock, the last of the Toy Theatre makers! Today it houses thousands of exhibits, including board games, marbles, money-boxes, puppets, wax dolls, toy theatres, dolls houses and a 4,000-year-old clay mouse.
It is now run by the descendants of Marguerite & Kenneth with the support of the ‘Pollocks educational Trust’.
There are three sections
1. A look at the Toy theatre trade in London from the1800s to now,
- What is a toy theatre
- Who made them
- Who played with them
- Who was Mr. Pollocks
- How was the toy museum set up and what makes it special.
2. We will pick out a few other Toys from the collection to talk about, including Eric one of the worlds oldest teddy bears
3. Share your toys – Bring a toy of your own and share your story
Who’s telling the story?
Jack Fawdry from Pollocks Toy Museum, the great-grandson of the museum’s founder.
Their website – https://www.pollockstoymuseum.co.uk/
Their Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/pollockstoymuseum/