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CHILDHOOD FAVORITES


Museum Level 3

 

The act of playing is considered the “work of children” where toys can be used to stimulate learning. Especially through cuddly toys such as stuffed animals, dolls and puppets, children begin to learn social skills through role-playing. In Level 3: Childhood Favourites, our cuddly toys collection will showcase prestigious Teddy Bear brands such as Steiff Teddy Bears, century-old hand crafted Door of Hope Dolls as well as puppets from traditional British slapstick puppet show – Punch and Judy. 

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LOOK OUT FOR THESE TOYS AT THE MUSEUM
SMALL GIRL

Curated under the Theme of: 

Classic Companion: Dolls from All Around the World

This is a Door of Hope Mission wooden doll of a young girl dressed in traditional Chinese costume. 

She is one of 25 recognisable models of dolls representing the different social classes of the Chinese – ranging from a ‘Manchu Lady’ being part of the royal clan of the Qing Dynasty to a rural ‘Rice Farmer’. 

The Door of Hope Mission was founded in Shanghai in 1901 to provide a safe haven for destitute young girls who were otherwise being treated poorly, sold as slaves or not allowed to be educated. These women were taught to dress and sew traditional Chinese clothes for hand-carved wooden dolls like this one. 

No two dolls are exactly the same and that is why these antique dolls are a valuable collection and more importantly represents the struggles and empowerment of young women of that time. 

 

MAKER:

Door of Hope Mission

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

China

YEAR OF MAKE:

1920s

DANCING BEAR FROM RUSSIA

Curated under the Theme of: 

Classic Companion: Teddy Bears from Around the World

A wind up fabric and felt toy bear with dancing movment

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MAKER:

Unknown

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)

YEAR OF MAKE:

1950s

PUNCH AND JUDY - AN ACTING BOOK

Curated under the Theme of: Favourite Entertainment: Puppetry

A childrens book based on 

punch and judy puppet show

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MAKER:

Penguin Book Ltd

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

United Kingdom

YEAR OF MAKE:

1930s