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Friday, 21 November 2014

December’s Christmas Themed Playday Sunday 7th 2pm - 5pm

It’s almost time for another of Brighton Toy and Model Museum’s Playdays. December’s Playday takes its theme from Christmas so there will be lots of seasonal things for kids to get up to.
As usual, there will be toys to play with, arts and crafts to create, including greetings cards and a story performed by one of our fascinating storytellers. As well as these activities there will also be a facepainter making children into elves, princesses, pirates and penguins and a Loom-Bandologist teaching us how to make beautiful pieces just in time to give us plenty of ideas for things to make for Christmas gifts. Each child can take their bracelet or Loom gift away with them.


The Playday is on Sunday December 7th and starts in the museum at 2pm and finishes at 5pm, although the doors will be open throughout. Admission is £6 for this event and includes craft materials, loom bands and light refreshments. Naturally, since the Playday is taking place within the museum, children have access to all of the exhibits as well as taking part in activities. This includes our model railways, stuffed toys, construction kits and model aircraft. As usual, the museum shop will also remain open, with a great selection of toys and models, including pre-owned trains and trackwork, Star Wars toys, buses, cars and tanks as well as new toys and seasonal gifts.

Each child or group of up to four children will be entitled to have one adult guest come along free to accompany them. The Playday is targeted at children from 3 to 12 years of age, children under 8 will have to bring someone over 18 to look after them. Faces cost an extra pound to paint and some activities may cost a little extra if additional materials or products are used. Healthy refreshments will be made available too.

Admission to this event is half price for Junior Members.

Museum Junior Membership is £20 per annum for children and includes access to running days and other special events hosted by the museum including free access to the museum on all ordinary days of business. If a Junior Member brings along an adult, on an ‘ordinary’ day, who isn’t also a member then the adult pays £1.00 instead of the normal admission price of £4.50 (£3.50 for students and senior citizens).

Saturday, 8 November 2014

When Brighton Went To War



A view of the First World War from some local people who fought in it

To remember the sacrifice of the local men who fought on the front and the women who had to watch them go, knowing that they may never see them again, Brighton Toy and Model Museum will be holding an event focusing on the very personal experience of those who went, those who never came back, and the ones they left behind.

It was a Tommy from Brighton who pulled the trigger on the first British shot fired in anger

On 22nd of August 1914 a German officer was unhorsed by Pte Ernest Edward Thomas, a 4th Dragoon Guard who lived on Southdown Avenue. After experiencing several adventures, the decorated and Promoted Sgt Thomas survived the war and died 25 years later, still living in Brighton, on the eve of the Second World War.

Fascinating details like these, the letters shared between those at the front and their wives and sweethearts at home in Brighton And Hove, even songs written by the girls of the local munitions factory: Light and Co of Circus Street will be recited, affording an insight into the attitudes of all those involved in the war effort, both at home and facing the enemy. 

The Pavilion as a Hospital

Recognition will also be made to those who came from the furthest reaches of the Empire to fight for King and Country and, once wounded, found themselves recovering in The Royal Pavilion. Letters from officers and other ranks recruited in India describe the reception they received from the people of Sussex, especially girls, cheering their arrival and inviting them into their homes for comfort.
The evening’s schedule remembering the efforts of those from Sussex will start at 7.30pm in the Museum. Admission costs £8.00, 50% of the ticket proceeds will go to veterans’ charity Combat Stress, a UK charity supporting ex-service personnel and their families who are suffering from depression, stress and other trauma related mental health issues. Tickets are available on the door or by booking in advance here.


Friday, 10 October 2014

Ooh La La Board For Brighton!

Vintage car collectors, owners and enthusiasts are often compared to big kids tinkering with their toys. This being so, the Committee at Brighton Toy and Model Museum thought that the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run was the perfect cue to get their trainsets running again.


Brighton Toy and Model Museum will be holding another of their ever popular Train Running Days on November the 1st to entertain all vintage enthusiasts and the nostalgic who will be on the South Coast for the London to Brighton rally the following day. Running days at the museum are unfortunately infrequent because the time and effort put into making sure the trains are properly maintained means that they can’t be run on a regular basis. This running day will be different from the running days that the museum are occasionally able to host thanks to a French inspired theme. The museum will be unpacking its rare French made models from the first half of the last century and will be running them alongside more familiar British makes.

For those dedicated Francophiles among us, the French theme continues after the museum’s normal opening hours: In the evening the Museum will be laying on a French soirée with authentic French music and chanteuse entertaining guests. A buffet of French foods including cheeses and wines will also be available.


 The Running Day on the first of November will be much like any other day at the museum except that many of the old, rare, and delicate trains which are normally only displayed behind glass in the central layout will be running. The glass will also be removed so visitors can get a really great unimpeded view of the trains as they go. There will also be staff and museum members on hand throughout the day to talk about the collections, their history as well as offering guidance and advice to any budding model rail enthusiasts.


Admission to the Running Day will be £10 per person, admission for those who wish to attend both the running day and the evening’s entertainments (which includes access throughout the museum) is £16.00. Tickets for the evening’s event will be £8.50 and will include a complimentary glass of wine.

For more information about booking tickets please see our Eventbrite pages. One allows you to book tickets for the running day while the other allows you to book for the evening of song or buy tickets for the entire day's schedule of events.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Children's Play Day!

Brighton Toy and Model Museum is hosting a Children's Play Day from 2 - 5pm on Sunday 5th October.

It's going to be a great day with a variety of toys to play with (including train sets!), facepainting, storytelling with the Celestial Storyteller and arts & crafts! Healthy light refreshments will be available.
Have a look here at some photos and drawings from one of our Children's Days last year.
£5 per child.

Don't miss out on the fun!

Friday, 1 August 2014

A Runnaway Running Day Success!

All of us here at the Museum would like to thank everyone who came along and helped make the Running Day such a success. From the visitors, the volunteers, staff and the camera crew, we couldn't have had such a great day without you all.
We all had a great time and hope that everyone who came along to see our collection of trains running enjoyed themselves too. It was good to see so many people who had not been before, who said "I always walk past but I've not come in before" and those who never knew we were here in the first place. We hope you all felt welcome and we look forward to seeing you again.
Because the Children Go Free day was such a success and we loved meeting so many new people we are thinking about putting on more Children Visit For Free days during the summer holidays, giving the kids something to do that's a little bit out of the ordinary on a weekday. We can't confirm anything yet but keep an eye out for posters and pamphlets in the next few weeks.
We asked anyone who was interested in seeing the final broadcast TV show to give us their email address so we could forward the link to YouTube when it became available and naturally we'll be hosting a link to it from our channel and on the website but if you'd also like to get the link sent directly to your inbox when we get it then email us and we'll make sure you get it just as soon as we do.

Since we're on the subject of children in the museum, I would like to make a little addendum to mention that we are going to be re-launching the Children's Club in September. After that the club will be open one Sunday every two months when we will have toys out to play with, art, crafts and stories told by one of our resident raconteurs.

For more information as it becomes available, look out for our blogs, Facebook and Twitter updates, posters or simply join our mailing list where we can inform you of all these details plus much more museum news as it happens. To sign up, just drop us an email with "Mailing List" in the subject field to info@brightontoymuseum.co.uk

Friday, 25 July 2014

Join The Museum Family!

Like any charity in these straitened times Brighton Toy and Model Museum is always looking for ways to increase its turnover. Our ambition is to deliver something worthwhile to our benefactors while making enough money to add something extra to the visitor experience. If the museum gets old and stale we lose visitors, creating a cycle whereby we can't afford to operate. Without the superb efforts that our volunteers make to come in every day, working hard to make each and every guest feel welcome and offering tourist information, we would not be able to offer the visitor experience we do. The museum also does a surprising amount of work for foreign students and those seeking work experience. Most people wouldn't realise that as well as British helpers we usually have a few volunteers from France, Germany and Spain working in the museum all the time in order to gain experience in the travel and tourism industry while also improving their English and making friends with the native volunteers and staff.

We've always run a membership or 'Friends' scheme which allows you special privileges within the museum. These include complimentary admission for you and a guest, access to our running days and other events, newsletters and notifications of upcoming events.

In addition to the Friends membership, in future we are going to start offering membership of our 'Supporters' Club' which will offer everything that the Friends membership offers along with a variety of 'surprises' which will include evenings with trustees and patrons, along with invitations to events that are organised and funded by trustees and the Museum's Collections Trust. These could include exclusive dinners at world class hotels in Sussex, London and beyond, free hotel weekends, and invitations to visit some of the private collections of our trustees, many of which are as impressive as the exhibits we have on display, however, they have never been made open to the general public.

The money we make from the Supporters' Club subscriptions will be used to establish a workshop and education centre in the area adjoined to the west side of the museum which is currently being used as a workshop for the 00 diorama. It will go towards modifications to the electrics and emergency lighting, a new disabled ramp and investment in exhibits which will be available to handle to support our education and "special groups" sessions.

As well as these improvements to the public areas of the museum we also intend to create an exclusive Supporters' area above the workshop at the back of the shop and reception area. This area will have additional displays and a comfortable lounge area exclusively for staff and supporters.

If you're interested in becoming a Supporter we have several levels of membership:
Bronze at £10 per month
Silver at £25 per month
Gold at £50 per month
Together with the monthly subscriptions we also welcome annual payments of £100 to £500, we also accept one-off payments of £50 and above.

To take advantage of this Supporters' scheme and all the promotions and offers that come with it then please email us in the first instance info@brightontoymuseum.co.uk