Brighton Toy and Model Museum is a Tardis-like treasure trove of toys and models, located within the Early Victorian arches supporting Brighton Railway Station's forecourt. It has over ten thousand toys and models in its catalogue, including priceless model train collections and many period antique toys.
The Museum’s display area includes two large operational model railway layouts and displays of period pieces from a range of classic manufacturers that includes Bing, Dinky, Hornby, Marklin, Meccano, Pelham Puppets, and Steiff. The Museum also includes large individually-engineered pieces such as a quarter-scale traction engine, Spitfire fighter planes, and a range of other working scale models.
Sessions last between 1.5 and 3 hours, subject to school request. Bespoke sessions and outreach sessions available. Sessions can be enhanced by one of our puppet shows (30 minutes).
Dolls and Bears – Timeline and Materials EYFS
Investigate the characteristics of old and new toys, including their materials.
Toys, Puppets and Mechanics EYFS, KS1&2
This fascinating learning session presents Key Stage 1 and 2 children with an investigation into the characteristics of old and new toys, including their materials. Students also look at how toys move, focusing on the different mechanics and forces which power them.
The Victorians KS2
How artefacts in the toy museum represent Victorian life, focusing as requested on the changing role of transport, the growing importance of the seaside as a holiday location, and the issues of toys and play.
What was it like to be a child in World War II? KS2
Drawing on both artefacts and oral history, investigate how toys and play reflect and represent the impact of war on the lives of children.
Life in Britain since the 1930s KS2
Key Stage 1 and 2 students investigate the nature of play and toys from the 1930s to the present day by drawing on both artefacts and oral history. Sessions can be tailored for individual groups, and entertaining puppet shows can be arranged to further enhance the learning experience.