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

Gardening Women

Wed 26 Sep 2018
This exhibition, co-curated by Dr Catherine Horwood, using her book, Gardening Women, explores how gardening became a profession for women.

Early bird walk

Sat 06 Oct 2018
Well worth the early start, a great opportunity to see and hear the many species of birds with our guided estate walk, and don't forget those walking boots and binoculars. After the walk you can warm up with a breakfast treat in the restaurant.

Beatrix Potter's Garden

Sat 27 Oct 2018
An exhibition exploring the inspirations of the world famous author of the original Peter Rabbit Books ™ with items on loan from the Frederick Warne Archive.

Festive Market

Sat 24 Nov 2018
Kick start your Christmas shopping at Sissinghurst this November with our festive market returning on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 November between 10.30am and 3pm.

Christmas lunches

Sat 01 Dec 2018
Treat yourself to a Christmas lunch after a walk or tour or taking a look at our exhibitions.