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Archive collections

The archive collections at the Museum of Childhood are currently being fully catalogued. Summary lists are available from the Collections Team for those collections which do not yet have a full catalogue. Further information and catalogues will be added as they become available.


The Donne Buck Archive of Play and Playgrounds

Donne Buck archive image

This internationally significant collection records the practice, people and politics of adventure play in Britain over six decades.

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Archive collections relating to children’s clothing

Children's clothing catalogue, detail

Archive collections relating to children’s clothing manufacturers, 1886-2012

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Archive collections relating to education and childhood

These archive collections mostly relate to children’s experiences of education. They contain school work, as well as correspondence and other writing, drawings, photographs and other material.

 

Green-boxes

                                                 Brock, Eileen: childhood papers, 1890 – 1934

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Dixon, Bob, writer: research papers, 1966 – 2005

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May Day programme, detail

Fisher, Eileen: childhood papers, 1937 – 1938

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Glenn, Lilian, teacher: school papers, ca. 1926 – 1978

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Godfrey, Lynda: childhood papers, 1959 – 1976

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Gooch, E.: scrapbook, 1914 – 1915

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Haddon, Celia; writer and historian: papers, 1873 – 1990s

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Harris, B M: school papers, 1933 – 1935

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Detail of a drawing by Lionel Hemsley

Hemsley, Lionel (1932- ), childhood papers, 1939-1951

Includes handwritten novels, scripts and programmes written during Lionel’s school days, as well as letters from friends and family, diaries and school material.

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Joyce Family: childhood papers, 1921 – 1935

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Kempson Family: childhood papers, 1899 – ca. 1980s

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Kirke, Charles: childhood papers, ca. 1904 – 1989

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Anthony Lebus drawing (detail) Archive no. LEBU 4-1-11

Lebus, Anthony Harvey Hart (1914-1983), businessman, family papers, 1896-1946

Includes personal letters from Anthony to his parents relating to his experiences at school and university, examples of school work and school reports and photographs.

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Marks, Frances: childhood papers, ca. 1950s

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Marshall, Keith: Childhood papers, 1927; 1962 – 1969

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Detail of a drawing by Eileen Pascoe

Pascoe, Marion (1913-1999), childhood papers, 1900; 1913-1933

Includes publications, examinations and reports relating to Home Education; school papers, certificates, reports and letters; baby weight charts

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Pasierbska Family: childhood papers, 1959 – 1966

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Robinson, Nellie: childhood papers, 1906 – 1908

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Swain, Georgina: childhood papers, 1954 – 1968

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Thompson, Ethel Joan: childhood papers, ca. 1930s – 1946

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Warren family: childhood papers, 1891 – 1931

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Archive collections relating to toy manufacturing

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Abbatt Toys catalogue

(Cyril) Paul Abbatt (1899 – 1971) and (Norah) Marjorie Abbatt (1899-1991), toy manufacturers and educationalists, company records and personal papers, ca.1905-1980s

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Airfix Products Ltd., toy manufacturers: promotional photographs, 1970s

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Peter Allen, design engineer: papers, 1957 – ca. 1990s

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Lines Bros. trademark detail

Madeleine Biggs, (1924-2004), toy designer, records, 1943-1979

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Bob Brechin, toy designer: papers, 1963 – ca. 2000s

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British Toy-Making Oral History Project, May 2010 – September 2013

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Candy Wear, dolls clothes pack makers: records, ca. 1954 – 2003

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Christopher Cole, dolls’ house maker: papers, ca. 1970s – 20

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Escor Toys Ltd, toy manufacturers: records, 1947 – ca. 1980s

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Maita Frank, toy-maker and business partner of Mary Horder Friedel: papers

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Margaret Hill, former Palitoy employee: cigarette case and handbook, 1946 – ca. 1950s

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Lines Bros. Limited, toy manufacturer: records, 1881 – 1971

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Mettoy Playthings logo (detail)

The Mettoy Company plc., toy manufacturer, press cuttings and advertisements, 1950-1970

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Palitoy logo (detail)

The Palitoy Company, toy manufacturers: products, pre-production samples, prototypes and patterns, design material, artwork and photographs, 1960s-1980s

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Sunny Smile Limited, nursery toy manufacturer: records, 1946 – ca. 1950s

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Szrajbman logo (detail)

A. Szrajbman, toy wholesaler and manufacturer, financial records, 1950-1994

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Isadore Williams, business man: memoir, 1992

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Museum of Childhood Toy Fair Files, 1964 – 2011

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Detail of Leon LHollier catalogue

Museum of Childhood Toy Manufacturers’ Files, ca.1890-2012

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Detail of a Gamages catalogue

Museum of Childhood Toy Distributors’ Files, ca.1885-2012

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A detail of a Simpson Fawcett catalogue

Museum of Childhood Nursery Equipment Manufacturers’ Files, 1881-2012

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