Friday, 30 May 2014

Brighton Toy and Model Museum wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

Brighton Toy and Model Museum wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

Brighton Toy and Model Museum has received £57,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, "Toys in the Community: Valuing Memories of dolls, teddy bears and construction toys".  Involving volunteers from the local community, the 2 year project will collect memories from a range of people and use these to create a website, book and touring exhibition which will visit local venues. It will also run community outreach sessions to enable people to share their memories of toys and handle examples of dolls, teddy bears and construction toys from a range of time periods.
Volunteers involved in the project will be able to learn new skills, including interviewing, photographic and videoing skills. They will also help to curate the touring exhibition.
By interviewing people of all ages and backgrounds, the project will help to create links between different members of the local community through the sharing of memories.
Commenting on the award, Museum Manager Tig Savage said: “We are delighted to have this financial support from HLF. We are looking forward to making our collections more accessible to people who may be unable to visit us due to physical, financial or social reasons and to listening to our contributors’ valued memories. It is my sincere hope that this will forge much stronger links between the Brighton Toy and Model Museum and our community in Brighton and Hove.”
Stuart McLeod, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund South East England, said: “Toys from years past stir memories of childhood and community. This project will capture these and in so doing add a new dimension to its fascinating collection.”
Anyone in the Brighton and Hove area who is interested in being involved in the project, either as a volunteer or by being interviewed, is invited to the museum on Wednesday 9th July between 5.30 and 7.30pm, or is welcome to contact the museum on 01273 749494 or by emailing

About Brighton Toy and Model Museum

 Brighton Toy and Model Museum is a treasure trove of toys and models that extends over four thousand square feet of floor space, through four of the Early Victorian arches supporting Brighton Railway Station's forecourt. Founded in 1991, it has over ten thousand toys and models in its catalogue, focusing on the first half of the twentieth century, and including rare vintage model train collections and many period antique toys. Its display area includes two large operational model railway layouts (in 00-gauge and gauge 0), and displays of period pieces from a range of classic early manufacturers that includes Bing, Dinky, Hornby, Marklin, Meccano, Pelham Puppets, and Steiff. The museum also includes individually-engineered pieces such as the working quarter-scale traction engine and the Spitfire fighter planes in the lobby, and a range of other working scale models throughout the museum.
The museum's exhibits and displays undergo constant review and change, the museum itself has recently undergone an extensive world class, innovative lighting refit, with LED lamps now allowing much brighter illumination throughout the museum while still protecting the more sensitive dyes and paints of some of the older items.
The museum, a registered charity, is supported by the collections’ trust – the trustees are made up of a handful of dedicated collectors such as Anthony Capo Bianco, Hugo Marsh (SAS) and Barry Potter. Without their support, such review and change would be very difficult.
A lottery grant in 2012 afforded a year-long celebration and exhibition of the work of Frank Hornby and the museum is about to embark on the next lottery project, reaching into their community for memories, in the form of the Toys in the Community, oral history project.
Entrance to the first of four arches (which also houses the museum shop and Tourist Information Point) is free, and the museum's handy location beneath Brighton Station makes it a great stopping-off point for visitors to Brighton to pick up maps and tourist information before seeing the rest of the city.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported over 36,000 projects with more than £6bn across the UK.

Friday, 16 May 2014

Introducing Lost in the Toy Museum 2014

Here at the Brighton Toy and Model Museum we are getting very excited for tomorrow night - 17th May - as we have another exciting instalment of Museums at Night ready for you.
Hiding In The Museum

Where's He Run Off To?

These past few weeks have been all about preparing the Museum for everyone who's coming to join us, and today we're letting you have a special look at what's been going on behind the scenes, including a sneak peek at our Celestial Story Teller during a dress rehearsal. 

Marc Sinclair - Celestial Story Teller
Ready For The Main Event

We have a range of activities planned for you to enjoy here as well as a reading from Marc, and those include art activities, Meccano, wooden train sets, meet our mascot Buddy Bear, and refreshments for everyone. 
Make Your Own - Only £5

 We hope to see everyone here tomorrow night, and we're looking forward to more Museums at Night adventures in the future. 

Friday, 2 May 2014

Lost In The Toy Museum - Museums At Night - 17th May 2014

This nationwide event ties in with the European campaign "La Nuit Des Musée", which is in correspondence with International Museums Day, which falls on the 18th of May.

This year we will be holding our Museums At Night event on Saturday 17th of May, and it's official title is "Lost in The Toy Museum".  On this day, instead of bringing the family down at 10am, we have a special opening and closing time for this event, which will begin at 4:30pm, and finish at approximately 7:30pm. 

We will be joined by Marc Sinclair who will be doing a reading from the book Lost in the Toy Museum, and afterwards we need to help each other find the toys that have left their usual posts, and are hiding around the museum. 

As well as a fun teddy hunt, we will also have wooden train sets and child friendly Meccano for everyone to play with, as well as art play, which includes making a puppet, and many other activities to keep young minds active. 

Our mascot, Buddy Bear, will also be here all evening to meet everyone.

Buddy Bear

The age group most suited to this event is 3 - 10 years old, but we are not restricting admission to this age group. Admission prices are as normal, adults entry is £4.50, children aged 4 - 14 entry is £3.50, under 3's entry is £1.50, and babes in arms have free admission. 
Entry to this event will not restrict your access to any part of the museum, and you are welcome to look around while your children are listening to stories, and you're also very welcome to join them. 

So tell your friends and family about the fun evening we have planned, and we hope to see you soon.