Collections: Toys and Dolls

The Museum Toy and Doll collections are full of colour and variety.


Visitors to the Museum can see Dolls houses and their amazing miniature detailed furnishings, dolls, trains and toy soldiers. The Museum collections explores all aspects of growing up, so toys and games sit alongside items such as clothing. Objects in the collection span the 18th to 21st centuries. We are gradually expanding our collection of late 20th and early 21st century objects. We have bears of every shape and size, board and card games and jigsaw puzzles dating back to the nineteenth century, clockwork and early optical toys, bricks, tops, farms, trains and model soldiers. We have a number of other early educational toys including a collection of children’s books and associated material. The Colin Mears Bequest of children’s books and associated material has helped to make this collection one of the best in the country.