Clunk, clunk, ka-ching went the old-fashioned till in the old fashioned store-front of this charmingly old-fashioned toy-shop-cum-museum. It was a very satisfying sound; those heavy clunks followed by the ringing ka-ching. Pollock’s Toy Museum, however is more than just an old fashioned till (even though the til was a really nice way to start this visit).
What started as a mother’s attempt to buy a small item for her son (possibly to complete a collection of his, alas, the history section of the website is a bit sparse so we have to do some imagining here) turned into a quest to buy up all of famed purveyor of toys Benjamin Pollock’s stock and opening a small museum.
After all that effort, I hope she found the toy her son wanted…
Like a kid in a toy store…
The good thing about a museum like this is that no matter how old you are, there will be something to transport you back to those carefree days of youth. It could be that Action-Man toy or maybe the rather sinister looking rocking horse or it could be a simple hand-puppet. Or it could be “one of the most successful of all puppet characters on TV.”
Sooty and Sweep and a Panda called Soo
It has been a while since I’ve encountered a beloved character from children’s television in a museum. It turns out today was my lucky day – look! There’s three of them here!
Who else remembers watching the adventures of these three on the television? There’s Sooty (with his magic wand), Sweep and a Panda called Soo – who until now I always thought was called “Sue”. These are the original 1950s puppets used by Harry Corbet, who donated them to the museum. Although they’re so old, I was impressed by how brightly coloured Sooty and co. still are. I would have thought that the bright television lights would have faded the Sooty’s yellow hide and age would have dulled Soo’s white fur but no ! Sooty is, I believe, still on TV somewhere (possibly on CBeebies?).
The downside of all Toy Museums (musea? Sorry, years of being drilled in declining nouns leaves a lasting impression) is the Creepy Doll. The Creepy Doll is not just one object, but can take many forms. It is *quite literally* nightmare inducing, especially when it manifests itself everywhere.
Reader, you have been warned.