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

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts

Sun 21 Apr 2019
11:00-15:00
Take part in the Easter fun this spring with our Cadbury easter egg hunts. Take a stroll through the estate in our nature themed hunt to earn your chocolaty prize.

Bluebell and wildflower walk

Fri 26 Apr 2019
14:00-16:00
Take a guided walk of the estate with our ranger team and enjoy the sight and high scent of this colourful season.