V & A Museum of Childhood

pao and I had a couple of days in London. Unfortunately, our accommodation wasn’t as nice as it could have been but I won’t go into all of that here. We did make the best of it but visiting some nice places though. I had a little list of places I wanted to see as I didn’t want to go to all the big places that tourists normally go to.

On the top of my list was the V & A Museum of Childhood. We had a little picnic outside before we went in and as the weather was very hot indeed.

The display in the foyer was made by a whole load of school children

and was themed around a birthday party. I kind of liked that there were all sorts of things the children had made and were put together like that.

I’ve been doing a lot of collage recently and enjoyed finding this cutout cat. It reminds me a bit of my childhood in the 70s.

What I enjoyed the most of was seeing toys I’d played with like this Viewmaster. It might seem so old fashioned to kids today but it was properly exciting to me when I was a kid. I can’t remember what my disks were but I think probably of London. As I wasn’t living in England then, it was probably all the more exciting to play with.

Of course, I couldn’t resist loving Snoopy. I still love Snoopy to this day.

I thought these knitted Punch and Judy characters were pretty neat. Given how violent they are to each other, the knitted aspect does soften the blows.

Anyone who knows me knows I can’t resist a cat or three.

I think this is exactly the kind of thing I wished my grandma would have given me when I was a little kid. I’ve taken to eBay without success to see if such a thing still exists to no avail so I’ll just have to keep an eye out in thrift stores to see if I can find one.

Spirograph was one of the top toys of my childhood. I still remember the ads but I also remember thinking they weren’t as satisfying as they could have been. I remember the whole making lots of lots of circles thing.

A cat? Yes, this is Millie. She is one of the two things that made our accommodation vaguely bearable. A sweet girl who loved to be brushed and loved a cuddle.