Toys That Travel

By Catriona Ellis

I’m really interested in the ways in which toys travel, and what that tells us about the movement of people and ideas.  I’d like to share a couple which I’ve been looking at recently. 

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Write at the Museum 2!

Write at the Museum was a series of four monthly workshops at the Museum of Childhood.

Six writers joined us for afternoons of creativity in the tranquil (some might say eerie!) space of the closed museum. They were free to roam the galleries and work in any space which suited them, and much of the work produced was indeed inspired by the material culture of childhood.

A neat-written volume

“The Evergreen Chain is a magazine
Of far & wide renown.
The writers are, some of them, not thirteen,
And the head of it all is lovely “Miss Brown.”
“It goes on its round each month in the year,
The addresses are given inside,
The rules are not strictly kept, I fear,
Which the Editor made as a General Guide.”
“Towards the end of the month come letter, with curses,
From the justly impatient “Miss Brown”:-
“Oh, where are your drawings, your stories & verses?