Saturday, 25 December 2010

Budgie Toys cabinet

The museum now has a new display cabinet of "Budgie Toys" cars and trucks.

It's just to the right as you enter the museum section, before the Dinky Toys.

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Games Workshop stock

The museum shop is now selling a range of Games Workshop products, including Lord of the Rings kits and Warhammer wargaming modelling sets. Included in the range are kits for producing scenery (specifically "flock" grass), that may also be useful to model rail enthusiasts.

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Hornby now in Stock!

The Hornby "Night Mail" train set
The museum shop has been selling a fair amount of pre-owned Hornby items on commission, so we thought that it was time to supplement this with new Hornby stock. We now have a range of Hornby items, including starter sets that come with their own printed mat (so that your model layout can be slid safely under a bed when not in use!).

Monday, 1 November 2010

Label Printer!

The new Label Printer

Come see (and use) the Museum's most recent exhibit! It's a 1920s Label Printer, which would have been found in amusement arcades and on seafront piers.

The machine makes stamped metal tags, the cost is 20p for a short tag, multiples of 20p for longer text.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Brighton Street Party, 7-9pm

Thursday September 23, 2010

Join us in Trafalgar Street under the bridge at Brighton Station to witness the celebrity unveiling of the stunning Pullman Wall Mural and the Glamour of Brighton exhibition within the entrance area of the Brighton Toy and Model Museum.

This event is hosted by the Brighton Toy and Model Museum and the 5BEL Trust.

Chris Littledale's design for the mural (above)
There will be LIVE special sound effects< for all forms of transport and more besides...

Museum Director Chris Littledale performing his Sound Effects Show

The Brighton Toy and Model Museum and the 5BEL Trust are celebrating the eagerly anticipated return of a much loved Brighton icon – the world’s only all electric Pullman train – the elegant Art Deco style Brighton Belle. The 5BEL Trust’s £1 million restoration by professional railway engineers is to ensure the train’s return, in Olympic year 2012, to the mainline on the 80th anniversary of its construction.

The dramatic near life size Mural depicts the train drawn up at a platform in Brighton Station. The windows of the Pullman come alive with contemporary figures from the train’s heyday.

Closeups of the mural panels (above and below)

Within the Museum, the new Glamour of Brighton exhibition depicts Brighton’s history through to the present, featuring a series of spectacular exhibits from the Museum collections.

The base of the exhibition display has a 3D relief of the Victorian cast iron Brighton Seafront Railings and those organisations, whose generosity with money and “in kind” help has facilitated these “public benefit projects”, are being acknowledged with placards hanging from the handrail (click to visit our Sponsors Page).

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Museum Improvements and Upgrades

A rare Hornby lantern
Major renovations over the past year at the internationally renowned Museum include new showcases, spectacular new exhibits and new world class “green” energy efficient museum display lighting. The photos below show some of the recent improvements including the Brunel bridge and new displays.

What will be on display in the new cases???
The new Brunel bridge
The new model plane display
Looking through the arches
One of the beautiful new display cabinets
The top arch
We hope you'll come to the museum soon and see the improvements for yourself!!!

Tuesday, 14 September 2010


Layouts running 11 am - 1:00 pm and 2:00 -4:00 pm
Join us here at the Museum to see '0' and '00' gauge trains from all eras; from the pre-grouping of independent companies through to the glorious streamliner era of the 1930's to today's high speed electric trains.

Normal museum admission prices apply
Admission includes entry to the Museum

This event is being run in collaboration with The Train Collectors Society

Friday, 14 May 2010

"Train running" evening

As part of the 'Museums at Night' initiative, the Museum held a special May Train Running event.
Everyone enjoyed a magical evening of trains, toys and fun in the newly renovated Museum!
Museums at Night logo
Visitors were able to see the many improvements and changes that we've been working so hard on over the last several months and special trains were running on our large layouts.

Thursday, 11 March 2010


It's been a truly exciting time at the Museum and major changes have been taking place over the last several months. A six month work development programme kicked off in October 2009 and improvements include the installation of new showcases, upgraded lighting, better signage and even the creation of a much-needed Resource Room!

The Museum is hard at work setting up new displays and incorporating newly acquired exhibits into its
splendid collections. There are new Trustees, Sponsors and Volunteers on board and it's never been a better time to join us.

Read all the details in our 20-page
Winter Newsletter

Click here to download the pdf from our friends at

Tuesday, 9 March 2010


Founding Museum Trustee Michael Gilkes is to be congratulated on his excellent article in the March 2010 issue of the Collectors Gazette on animated toys. Find his contribution under the headline 'Mystic creeping Snails!'.

This full page article included a panel giving details of the Museum opening times and admissions fees, helping raise awareness of the Museum.

Friday, 1 January 2010


Take advantage of reduced prices on a variety of vintage toys and books in the Museum shop!

Entrance to the shop is absolutely free so pop by for a browse and a bargain.. . Don't miss out!