Play and Display Exhibition at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Visit this November for a trip down memory lane with our exhibition of paper and card toys

The collection in this exhibition demonstrates how popular, versatile and enchanting paper and card toys have been over the years. Examples on display include paper dolls, model theatres, puppets, panoramas and cut-out books. They date from the 1880s to the 1960s and reveal how they have been endlessly updated to meet changing fashions

Play and Display exhibition 

Relive childhood memories with this charming exhibition of paper and card toys. Paper and card are the cheapest and easiest materials with which to make and build toys and models. Paper and card toys have been commercially produced from the late 1700s and all kinds of affordable yet delightful toys have been produced since then. Shortages of metal and wood during the Second World War led to a revival in the popularity of paper and card toys. Today, templates can be easily downloaded from the internet.

Some of the exhibition toys on show
Some of the exhibition toys on show
Some of the exhibition toys on show

As well as original artefacts, the exhibition also contains in-depth interpretation for the display, framed prints, hands-on toys and activity sheets. There's lots to see and do while you're visiting the exhibition and is sure to be fun for all the family to enjoy. 

The exhibition starts on 22 October and runs until 20 November, open everyday between 11 - 3:30pm. Please be aware that the exhibtion space is located in the oast house which is only accessible via a flight of stairs. 

Upcoming events

Sissinghurst Photographic Award Exhibition with IGPOTY

Thu 12 Dec 2019
11:00-16:00
An exhibition of the best views and vistas capturing Sissinghurst in all its beauty entered into the Sissinghurst Photographic award in association with the International Garden Photographer of the Year.

Festive lunches

Thu 12 Dec 2019
12:00-14:30
Celebrate the festive period at Sissinghurst this December by booking in for a festive lunch between 2-23 December in the granary restaurant.

Wreath Making Workshop

Sat 14 Dec 2019
10:00-12:00
Join this workshop to make your festive, environmentally friendly wreath using foliage from the Sissinghurst garden and estate.

Winter weekend garden opening

Sat 14 Dec 2019
11:00-16:00
Winter opening of the garden kicks off from Saturday 2 November. The garden will be open every weekend throughout winter between 11am-4pm.

International Graden Photographer of the Year exhibition

Sat 04 Jan 2020
11:00-16:00
To add a bit of colour to winter, we will be hosting some of the best garden, plant and landscape photography from amateur and professional photographers across the globe.

Hedge Laying Course

Sat 08 Feb 2020
09:30-16:00
Learn the art of hedge laying with this hands on course led by our Ranger team. Refreshments and lunch will be provided throughout the day.