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Paper archives can only reveal part of the history of British toy making. To supplement the archive collections, Museum staff have collected oral history interviews from a wide range of individuals involved behind the scenes in the industry.

 

David Barnacle

Mr David Barnacle
Freelance commercial artist (designer and illustrator), Palitoy and various

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David Beecroft

Mr David Beecroft
Salesman, director and managing director, Beecroft Toys (family business),
1955-present

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Bob Brechin

Mr Bob Brechin
Designer for Palitoy, 1967-1984

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Peter Brown

Mr Peter Brown
CEO, Flair Leisure Products plc

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Roger Brown

Mr Roger Brown
Brand and project manager, then marketing director for Wembley Outdoor Toys, Mettoy

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Paul Cassidy

Mr Paul Cassidy
Chairman, Casdon Toys

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Alan Clarke

Mr Alan Clarke
Former brand manager for dolls and product manager, Palitoy

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Ken Cowls

Mr Ken Cowls
Apprentice on assembly line, then various roles including model maker, research and development, Mettoy

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Roy Cross

Mr Roy Cross
Freelance commercial illustrator/artist for Airfix Industries, 1964-1974

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Ralph Ehrmann

Mr Ralph Ehrmann
Former chairman, Airfix industries

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Mr Bryan Ellis
Former managing director, Hasbro UK

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Ken Garland

Mr Ken Garland
Graphic designer

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Rosemarie Gibaud

Miss Rosemarie Gibaud
Artist, costume designer, sales & export, displays and demonstrating for Pelham Puppets (formerly Wonky Toys), 1946-1948

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Michael Gibson & Kate Armitage

Mr Michael Gibson and Mrs Kate Armitage
Chairman and marketing director, Gibson’s Games

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Christopher Hoefkens

Mr Christopher Hoefkens
On behalf of Sunny Smile

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Greg Hughes

Mr Gregory Hughes (Greg)
Product designer, Palitoy

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Jimmy Hunter

Mr Jimmy Hunter
Owner & managing director of Hunter Toys and former chairman of the British Toy & Hobbies Association, 2000-2002

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Mr Tom Karen
Graphic designer

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Peter Katz

Mr Peter Katz
Former managing director, Mettoy

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Kiddicraft

Kiddicraft & Nursery 345 Group Interview
Peter Grender, Iris Grender and Geoff Butcher

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Graeme Lines

Mr W Graeme Lines
Lines Brothers

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Mr Robert Longstaff
Robert Longstaff Workshops

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Brian Mawdsley

Mr Brian Mawdesley
Designer/innovator at Matchbox (Lesney Productions), Corgi & freelance

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Gareth Morris

Mr Gareth Morris
Finance director and company secretary, Bluebird Toys

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Ms Christine Nicholls
Product & Marketing Director and Co-Founder, Golden Bear

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Torquil Norman

Mr Torquil Norman
Bluebird Toys

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Palitoy Group

Palitoy Group Interview
Fay Taylor, Lorraine Townsend, Val Moon, Brian Turner, June Turner, Bob Brechin

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George Robinson

Mr George Robinson
Freelance inventor/designer

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Colin Simonds and John Mott

Mr Colin Simonds and Mr John Mott
Managing Director and Inventor, Morphun

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Francis Spear

Mr Francis Spear and Mrs Hazel Spear
JW Spear and Sons

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Barry Steer

Mr Barry Steer
Export sales director, Mettoy

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Peter Thorne

Mr Peter Thorne
Former Managing Director, Escor Toys Ltd

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Marcel Van Cleemput

Mr Marcel Van Cleemput
Chief designer, Mettoy

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Victor Watson & Colin Linn

Mr Victor Watson and Mr Colin Linn
Former chairman and former product designer, Waddingtons

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Rupert Webb

Mr Rupert Webb
Former owner of Galt Toys

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Sue Murray

Mrs Susan Wynter
Toy designer

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22 July 2017 – 25 February 2018. Michael Morpurgo is one of Britain’s greatest living authors for children and will be celebrated in a new, free exhibition this summer.

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