“When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.” C.S. Lewis
Trust me to create a wish-list in a place which I unconditionally cannot procure a single item on that said list! Yet this is exactly what proceeded to occur after our impromptu visit to the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green.
Though it is in the East-end the museum is part makes up part of the V&A and is a sprawling cornucopia of distractions including all manner of toys, dolls, puppets, model trains and more. It is a place that will either tickle your nostalgia or have you creating exorbitant wish lists of your own. Probably both!
My impossible wish-list looks a bit like this:
1. Man eating lion mechanical wooden toy. Preferably complete with half devoured man – blood not necessary.
2. Enormous dollhouse that is in fact not a dollhouse but a clever storage system for all my trinkets – royal connections would be nice but not essential.
3. A sand powered automaton from latter part of the 1800’s – in perfect working order.
4. A masked marionette. Puppet theatre to house the marionette can arrive once I have won the Lotto.
5. A hand painted diorama or 20. Again, perfect condition please?
P.S. I found this clip on Youtube that explains the magic of sand toys. I’d wager that quite a few of you may be keeping your eyes peeled and fingers crossed in hope of finding one too now!
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