Between 2008 and 2013 the V&A Museum of Childhood undertook a major project to document the history of British toy making. The British Toy Making project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, focused on the archives of four major twentieth century British toy manufacturers Lines Bros. Ltd, Mettoy, Palitoy and Paul and Marjorie Abbatt Ltd.
Toy making is an international industry and Britain was at the forefront of toy design and production for much of the twentieth century. The British Toy Making project has opened access to archive material at the Museum and collected new oral histories from individuals who worked in the industry.
I was the project photographer.