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Toy Story – 20th Century Toys & Games


Toy Story

Toys and Games, and what they tell us about the changing nature of childhood

Curated by Richard Doctorow

August 9th - September 8th

Opening Reception: Friday, August 9th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Toy Story presents part of our large collection of late 19th and early 20th century toys, dolls and board games – come and see how the children of yesteryear had fun!

The exhibit also includes artworks (available for purchase) by contemporary local artists that explore the themes of childhood, play and toys.

Warning: Visitors will be in danger of learning some history as well…

The concept of childhood - of what a child’s life should be - has not always been what it is today. Indeed, for most of history it was something very different entirely. It wasn’t until the 1700s that childhood became seen as a time of sanctuary before the hardships and perils of adulthood, and not until the 1800s that the modern concept of childhood being a time for idyllic frolic, innocence and play became the norm. These changes were reflected in the toys and games themselves as over time they became less morally instructive and more “fun for fun’s sake.” Come and explore the fascinating story that toys can tell us about the changing nature of childhood, of society and of ourselves.