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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