Your Toy Stories

The V&A Museum of Childhood is currently working on a three year project to catalogue, conserve and digitise the toy manufacturing archive material held at the Museum. The British Toy Making project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, focuses on the archives of four major 20th century British toy manufacturers – Lines Bros. Ltd., Mettoy, Palitoy and Paul and Marjorie Abbatt Ltd.

As part of the project, we'd love to hear from anyone connected with the British toy manufacturing industry past or present, in any capacity. If you or a relative worked in this industry, for example, on a production line, in toy design, packaging, delivery or senior management, you can submit your own toy story here.

» Submit Your Toy Story
Get in touch

Sarah Wood, Assistant Curator Tel: 020 8983 5212 Email: sl.wood@vam.ac.uk
Ieuan Hopkins, Archivist Tel: 020 8983 5216 Email: i.hopkins@vam.ac.uk
Having technical problems? Contact Kate Harmer, Web Co-ordinator Tel: 020 8983 5227 Email: k.harmer@vam.ac.uk

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  • I’m tossing money. Choose heads or tails. OK, now which did you choose and why? Actually, I never thought. It makes no difference. Because compared with higher education entrance workers around the nation, how I perspective your reaction will not...
  • For be informed on the fence approximately whether or not to go to college after secondary college, it is very important to bear in mind how a very good encounter contributes to way of life achievements and objectives. Knowledge obviously shows that...
  • I set up The Dolls House Emporium in 1979, originally to sell 1:24 scale timber-framed buildings in kits direct to the public. The original range consisted of three models – a Yeoman’s House, a Tudor Cottage and a replica of Wymondham Market Cross...
  • This product was first introduced in 1962 by Bendy Toys (part of Newfeld Limited) and manufactured at the factory in Ashford, Middlesex and is a good example of licensed merchandise. The soft foam head was a particularly good application of the...
  • My mother Mrs Olive (Staines) Heales left school at about fourteen and worked in a local shop called Pearks Stores, in the Walthamstow High Street. When she became engaged to my father at age eighteen, he was soon sent away to do National Service...
  • My name is Diane, I used to work at Chad Valley. I was a machinist but I did pretty much everything. I used to work with a girl named Pauline (sorry can't remember second names) cutting out ears and body parts, from teddies to Sooty and Sweep....