British Toy Making blog

by Editor on 2nd January 2012

Between 2008 and 2013 the V&A Museum of Childhood undertook a major project to document the history of British toy making. The British Toy Making project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, focused on the archives of four major twentieth century British toy manufacturers - Lines Bros. Ltd, Mettoy, Palitoy and Paul and Marjorie Abbatt Ltd.

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Ammunition box

Ammunition box

by Dani Tagen on 19th October 2012

A short text describing the photographic techniques used to take two photographs showing munitions made by Lines Bros. Ltd. during the Second World War.

Lebus Archive Catalogue online

Lebus Archive Catalogue online

by Ieuan Hopkins on 28 May 2012

This fascinating collection contains a large number of letters written by Anthony Lebus to his parents during his time at preparatory school, Eton and Oxford.

Abbatt Archive Summary Description Online

Abbatt Archive Summary Description Online

by Ieuan Hopkins on 4 May 2012

The summary description for the Abbatt archive here at the Museum of Childhood is now on-line.

Mettoy Archive Catalogue Online

Mettoy Archive Catalogue Online

by Ieuan Hopkins on 25 April 2012

The catalogue for the Mettoy archive here at the Museum of Childhood is now on-line, and you can see it on the Archives pages of our revamped website.

Toy Illustrations and Anticipations

Toy Illustrations and Anticipations

by Dani Tagen on 2 April 2012

These drawings of toys make me wonder what it must have felt like to be a child 60 or more years ago.

Photoshop in 1940?

Photoshop in 1940?

by Dani Tagen on 10 February 2012

I’ve been photographing some Lines Bros. catalogues from 1940 recently and have really been enjoying myself looking at the photomontages for the Pedigree Prams catalogues.

A Merton Workbench

A Merton Workbench

by Ieuan Hopkins on 17 January 2012

It has been said that you can tell a lot about a person by the desk they sit behind. A cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind. So what can a phototgraph of a workbench tell us?

Photographing the British Toy Making Archive

Photographing the British Toy Making Archive

by Dani Tagen on 1 August 2011

Introducing Dani Tagen, the newly appointed photographer in charge of producing digital images of the archives.

What's in a name?

What's in a name?

by Ieuan Hopkins on 19 April 2011

Pedigree Prams and Tri-ang toys catalogues are sequentially numbered! A particularly dull fanfare to start this blog, but it does mean that many of the gaps I thought were in this series have now disappeared...

The King's Chat at Merton

The King's Chat at Merton

by Ieuan Hopkins on 14 February 2011

King George VI visits the Line Bros. Ltd Factory at Merton to inspect munitions production on June 10, 1941.

Toy Fair - Part 2

Toy Fair - Part 2

by Ieuan Hopkins on 28 January 2011

Toy Fair is now over for another year. It’s been great fun, though tiring, to spend three days in the middle of it all.

Toy Fair 2011

Toy Fair 2011

by Ieuan Hopkins on 26 January 2011

Tuesday was day one of the Toy Fair 2011. This year we’ve got a stand (thank you to the BTHA for making us feel so welcome), to promote the project and make new contacts with people who have worked in the toy industry.

Challenge Santa - Part 3

Challenge Santa - Part 3

by Ieuan Hopkins on 17 January 2011

The third and final challenge to Santa again demonstrates how closely toys can reflect the particular time and culture in which they are produced.

Challenge Santa - Part 1

Challenge Santa - Part 1

by Ieuan Hopkins on 8 December 2010

Buzz Lightyear was voted the most elusive toy of 1996, and with it set to become one of the most popular toys for Christmas this year, it will no doubt again be causing parents trouble when they have to find one in the shops.

Challenge Santa - Part 2

Challenge Santa - Part 2

by Ieuan Hopkins on 10 December 2010

Carrying on the theme of toys you won’t find in the shops this Christmas, a number of different forms of transport have been thrown to the surface.

 

 

 

 

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