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Come and play at the Museum of East Anglian Life’s 2018 exhibition

Visitors to the Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket, will enjoy a new, playful exhibition in 2018. Play and Display is an interactive look at paper and card toys over their long history and the fun they have brought to generations of children.

Over 75 objects and prints will be on display, alongside a variety of traditional paper games and toys for visitors to play with and make. The exhibits date from the 1880s through to the 1960s and include puppet theatres, models, dolls and moving books. Famous names such as Cadbury’s, Bluebird Toffee, Disney and Barbie are represented, alongside favourite stories of Cinderella, Rupert and Noddy.

Lisa Harris, Collections and Interpretation Manager at the Museum of East Anglian Life, says:

“Whether it’s dressing up paper dolls or watching Fingermouse on the TV, everyone has happy memories of toys made of paper. This is a fantastic chance for visitors to share those memories and see how generations of children have enjoyed paper toys, back to Victorian times and before. Although the materials are simple, these toys are beautifully designed and the games played with them are full of imagination. We want visitors of all ages to try them for themselves and recapture the joy of paper toys.”

The exhibition opens on the 24th March 2018, marking the start of the museum’s new season, and runs until late October 2018.