Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Easter Holidays Are the Perfect Time to Visit Brighton Toy and Model Museum

Brighton Toy and Model Museum are currently running an Easter Bunny Hunt; children under 16 are encouraged to find as many toy rabbits and hares as they can in order to win varying levels of membership at the museum, from a full family membership to a day pass.

Entry to the museum is free dependent of a visit to the museum at the usual rate of admission and winners will be drawn out of the hat on April 30th.

Go along to the museum, enter the competition and enjoy admission at the current rate. Unfortunately the price of admission is due to increase after the Easter break, however, the museum staff and trustees are planning to introduce new concessions when the increases are introduced. Look at the website or the museum’s facebook page for information as it is released.

Monday, 30 March 2015

A Bunny Thing is Hoppening at the Museum this Easter

To join in the Easter celebrations and also commemorate 150 years of Alice in Wonderland, we’re all going mad here and offering annual family, junior and day passes as prizes to children aged 16 and younger, who can find all of the rabbits in the museum.

That’s right, just come to Brighton Toy and Model Museum between the end of March and the end of April, explore our collections and exhibits and count all the toy and model rabbits you can find). We don’t like to split hairs, so hares are included in the final count too (although we’re not counting pictures of rabbits and hares). It’s as simple as that. If you can find and count up all the rabbits and hares and get the same as us then you could win a free entry to the museum for a year, a free junior annual membership or a free day pass to the museum.

Just one of the Bunnies
The competition opens for entries on 30th March and the last entries will be accepted on 30th April 2015.

The winner will be drawn from the correct or nearest entries on 1st May.

You could win:
  • 1st Prize: Family Membership valid one year
  • 2nd Prize: Junior membership valid for year
  • 3rd Prize: Family DAY pass (2 adults + up to 3 children)

Competition entry is free, however, you’ll need to have bought a ticket to the museum in order to count the rabbits and hares. Entry is open to children aged 16 and younger.

We’ve been around and around on several rabbit hunting expeditions and if you can find the same number as us, your name gets put in the hat and we will then draw the winners for first, second and third prizes.

Good luck!

Friday, 20 March 2015

Brighton Toy and Model Museum will be closed to visitors on Saturday 18th of April.

Brighton Toy and Model Museum will not be open to visitors on April 18th because of a prior booking. The museum shop and Visitor Information Point will however be open, so someone will be able to help those who’ve lost their way or need advice on other attractions and places of interest throughout the Brighton and Hove area.

Because we want to avoid disappointing people who love the museum and other potential visitors, we are discussing the possibility of opening to the public on the day after this closure, Sunday April 19th. Do feel free to call us on 01273 749494 to confirm if you’re in any doubt.

We regret that this inconvenience will cause to our friends and visitors and hope that anyone who is going to miss out on a visit to the museum on that date will be able to make alternative arrangements for another day.

If you have a group who are interested in taking advantage of Brighton Toy and Model Museum’s availability as a venue for parties, group outings or any other sort of special event then please do get in touch either by calling us on 01273 749494 or alternatively emailing us on info@brightontoymuseum.co.uk 

Please keep an eye out for updates re: alternative openings, we should be able to let you know very soon.

Anyone For The One Show?

Owen as Compo in
Last of the Summer Wine
If you’re in Brighton on Monday 23rd March, how about coming along to Brighton Toy and Model Museum and getting your face on TV?

The BBC’s flagship primetime sofa based discussion programme The One Show will be filming a piece using our mural of a Pullman as a backdrop. Perhaps they’ll come inside for a look around? Who knows?

Bill Owen, best known for his portrayal of Compo in the BBC comedy Last of the Summer Wine will be the subject of a profile on the One Show. Owen, who died in 1999, was famous as the Nora Batty chasing scruffbag lothario alongside Peter Sallis as Clegg (also known for his voicing of Wallace in the Aardman animated movies featuring Wallace and Grommet) and Brian Wilde as Foggy who famously played Mr Barraclough in Ronnie Barker’s prison comedy Porridge.

Owen as Mack  with Daphne Anderson
Maria Remusat at The Royal Court
Owen was born in London as William Robotham in 1914 but moved to Brighton. However, his work commitments as an actor of stage and screen meant that he was often on the Brighton Belle commuting between the City and the sea, hence The One Show’s interest in our mural. Hard as it is to imagine now, Owen was once worried that his role of Mack the Knife would typecast him as a vicious hardman. In his own words: "Down in Brighton, where I live, I even get bus conductors calling me that."

A producer from the BBC called us here at the museum to see if filming would be possible. They asked about the mural and explained the reasons why they wanted to film outside our premises, however, we don’t anticipate them filming inside the museum which is staffed but not open to the public on a Monday.

So, do come along to the Museum, walk up and down, look interested in the museum and the tourist information we provide and maybe you, yes YOU, could appear fleetingly in the final segment.