Museum Exhibition

Preston Park Museum has a Toy Stories exhibition coming soon!

Just to help bring to life the toys in the collection do you have memories of playing with the following toys; Meccano, Star Wars toys actions figures or games, Sindy, Scalextric, Gerry Anderson toys (thunder birds, Cap Scarlet and Stingray)?

If so please share a memory of playing with these and what they meant to you! Was it Scalextric that got you into cars? Did Meccano inspire you to become a DIY enthusiast? Or was it just a time when you happily played and enjoyed them? These memories could be seen in the interpretation of what is on display so please share if you would potentially be happy to see them.

We can’t guarantee everything will go in but we will do everything we can to share as many as possible!

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  1. I was a “Meccano Boy”. My father was too, and he was keen to pass on the pleasures of the engineering in miniature. He bought me a small outfit one Christmas, when I, and my two brothers, were much too young. The long perforated strips usually ended up bent after being mis-used as swords. Nothing survived of that outfit except the clockwork ‘Magic’ motor. But the seeds were sown – when I was about nine years old, I announced to my Mum in June that I would like a Meccano for my Christmas present. She then astonished me by saying I could spend my pocket money there and then on an outfit. All those thruppences and sixpences that I had taken to school to pay into the school savings scheme, and were then transferred to the ‘big bank book’ of the Yorkshire Penny Bank when the balance reached £1, were mine to spend! I had never realised that I could take my money out of the bank and spend it. So I did, and The following Christmas, my parents gave me the Accessory outfit to move to the next size up, and bigger more complicated models.

    As well as developing my patience with sustained concentration, dexterity with small fiddly screws in inaccessible places, surviving the lead-based red and green paints, Meccano helped me become a fluent reader: “A 3/4 inch pinion is fastened on a 4 inch axle rod which is journalled, and held in place by two 1 inch pulleys, in two flat trunnions bolted to a 2 1/2 x 5 1/2 flanged plate.”
    We take for granted that modern instruction leaflets are full of language-free exploded diagrams for multi-lingual audiences, whereas the state of the art printing technology in the 1950s and 1960s only allowed a few poorly reproduced touched-up photographic plates.
    The Meccano emerged from the attic a few years ago to successfully teach my nephew Satish how car differentials worked!


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