Pollock’s Toy Museum to open pop-up in Croydon

After closing its doors in Fitzrovia for the final time in January 2023, the nearly 70 year-old museum will open a pop-up museum in Croydon for the London Borough of Culture year.
The new pop-up will open on Saturday 20th January in the Whitgift Centre next door to Turf Projects, where it will open every Saturday until June 2024 whilst Pollock’s look for their permanent home.

The museum will feature a display exclusive to Croydon made up of toys made in a local factory called A Barton, who were based in New Addington in the 1950s to 80s. The factory built in New Addington in 1955 produced a wide range of toys including model railways, farmyard buildings, Noah’s Arks, garages and dollhouses. The range of customers these toys reached was evidently just as wide, with a reported 60% of production being exported to Europe and America.

Also in the museum you will be able to find Tri-ang toys made by the Lines Bros in their nearby Merton Factory, listen to the Victorian Polyphon, buy unique Pollock papers and cards; hear stories about the toys and chat with the museum team about your toy memories.

The grand opening on the 20th will feature free live theatre performances. No booking is required.


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