Nostalgic new exhibition brings childhood to life

January 27, 2022

A new exhibition has opened at Goole Museum.

Called ‘Toys Through Time’, it is the first exhibition to be curated in this location by Dr Alex Ombler. It explores the history of toys, their origins, development and uses for childhood learning and recreation. It is a chance for visitors to take a trip back to their childhood and rediscover some of their favourite toys.

Alex Ombler said: “Come along and learn about the history and development of toys and how they have shaped childhood learning through time. It’s a great way for children to see and learn about the types of toys that parents, grandparents and ancestors played with as children, whilst also being a nostalgic experience for adults.” It also looks at different types of toys relating to being active, animals and construction. One looks at the link between toys and gender, exploring traditional ‘girls’ and ‘boys’ toys.

Alex added: “We also have on display many items from the collection of Philip Shand - a Goole man who deposited his many childhood toys of the 1940s and 1950s at Goole Museum in 1990. “It’s a lovely slice of nostalgia.” The exhibition is free to visit, with no booking required. Lift access is also available. It is running until Saturday, March 26. The museum is located on Carlisle Street and is open: Tuesday to Friday - 10am-5pm. Wednesday - 10am-5pm. Saturday - 9am-4pm. Please note that the museum is closed for lunch at 12noon-12.30pm every day, apart from Wednesday when it is closed between 1.30 and 2pm.

A variety of ‘toys through time’ on display at Goole Museum. (27-01-322 SU)

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