What I ate for breakfast…

How has life changed for children?

Go time travelling and explore what life was like for children in the past with this special online collection from the V&A Museum of Childhood and the Children’s Commissioner.


The milk float, which can be pulled along using its metal handle, was a present to a young boy called Andrew from his parents. It contains milk churns and milk bottles of varying sizes, reproduced in plastic rather than glass, along with food packets of jelly, tea, icing sugar and custard powder. Milk deliveries in Britain began in the 1880s, with milk transported on horse-drawn floats or in carts pushed by hand. When Andrew received this toy in the 1960s, his family would have had their milk delivered by a very similar looking, full-size electric milk float. The makers of the milk float were Lines Brothers, a British family run business who bought the famous London toy store Hamley’s in 1931 and were the largest toy manufacturers in the world during the 1940s.

Although in the UK we still drink milk and splash it on our cereal in the morning, how does it get to your table now? Did you have milk this morning in your breakfast?

Discuss these questions together, you could even upload your answers to the Our Lives project.


Our Lives: Growing Up Today

Help us capture what childhood is like today.

The Children’s Commissioner for England is asking children across the country to tell us what it is really like to be growing up today.

Hear what children say and take part now…