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17 March 2010

Visit Pollock's Toy Museum

Pollocks Toy Museum began in 1956 in a single attic room at 44 Monmouth Street, near Covent Garden, where Pollock's Toy Theatres were also sold. It takes its name from Benjamin Pollock, the last of the Victorian Toy Theatre printers, and was established by Marguerite Fawdry, who bought up the stock of Benjamin Pollock Ltd, after trying to buy something for her son’s toy theatre. This woman clearly had means.

Pollock's moved to Fitzrovia in 1969, where it now occupies two houses on Scala Street, one dating from the 18th century, and the other from the 19th, with rooms are small and connected by narrow winding staircases. The museum claims to have nearly every kind of toy imaginable from all over the world and different periods, including toy theatres, teddy bears, wax and china dolls, board games, optical toys, folk toys, nursery furniture, mechanical toys and doll’s houses.

The museum is open Monday to Saturday 10am – 5pm. For more, see http://www.pollockstoymuseum.com/

^Picture by the ever-fantastic Ewan Munro^

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