Hello children, everywhere
A fascinating new display of toys and games is now ready for viewing. Kevin Bailey, curator of Hythe Museum explained the reason for the new display:
“The inspiration was to help people living with dementia to relate to memories of their childhood. We soon found a huge interest from adults in their 20s and 30s and from today’s generation of children.”
Some of the items in the display cause some concern, including an ammunition clip and a (safely disabled) unexploded bomb. These items date from the second world war, when children would sometimes collect unexploded ordnance and use them for play.
Other items are more familiar; dolls, toy vehicles and board games have been popular with children for generations. Kevin summed up the display:
“I hope we achieved our aim of helping people with dementia. The display also helps to orient the museum to a younger audience, making it more relevant to families and children. We would be delighted to hear any views on how we can improve the museum even more.”