This time final yr, the beloved Pollock’s Toy Museum in Fitzrovia all of a sudden closed its doorways.
However it’s not Sport Over. Since then, it is loved a Christmas pop-up in Leadenhall Market, and now, is about to host one other pop-up, this time, in central Croydon.
Opening within the Whitgift Centre on Saturday 20 January 2024 — then subsequently each Saturday afterwards for the following six months — the pop-up will hone in on Croydon’s personal toy making legacy. Croydon was as soon as house to a serious toy manufacturing unit, specifically A Barton, which was primarily based in New Addington from the Fifties-80s, and the museum pop-up options doll’s homes, furnishings and meals made by the corporate.
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Different gadgets on show embody a die-cast mannequin of the Trojan 200 bubble automobile — real-life variations of which have been manufactured in Croydon through the Sixties — and Tri-ang toys made by Strains Bros, as soon as primarily based in Merton .
The pop-up is free to go to, and also will featured free-to-watch toy theatre exhibits, which sounds altogether charming.
Pollock’s, which is a charity, remains to be searching for volunteers to assist out at its Croydon pop-up. In the long term, they hope to open one other everlasting museum in central London.
Pollock’s Toy Museum pop-up, Whitgift Centre, Croydon, each Saturday from 20 January until June 2024. free entry.
The Leadenhall Market pop-up is open each Friday till 26 January 2024.