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

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

Tower project exhibition

Sat 20 Jan 2018
11:00-16:00
Visit a new part of the house this winter to find out more about our tower conservation project.

Clangers, Bagpuss and Co

Sat 20 Jan 2018
11:00-16:00
Organised by the V&A Museum of Childhood, Clangers, Bagpuss and Co tells the story of these much loved family favourites. Come and meet Bagpuss, see the Soup Dragon and behold Noggin the Nog.

International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition

Sat 17 Feb 2018
11:00-16:00
Inspiring photography from across the globe is celebrated in this dynamic exhibition.