Sindy: The Girl Next Door

Curatorial and Social Media Volunteer Ruth Wainman talks about the iconic British doll, Sindy, Sindy’s rival, Barbie, and how both dolls impacted past and modern day girlhood.

How Polly “Pocketed” Girlhood

Curatorial and Social Media Volunteer Ruth Wainman talks about Polly Pocket, the toy’s impact on girls of the 1908s and 1990s and Polly’s place in the world in 2018.

Dolls

I wrote about doll houses in my last post, and thought it was only right that I spent a bit of time on dolls themselves. I have decided not to focus on the use of dolls in rituals or as collectibles, but rather their use as playthings for children throughout history,...

Doll Houses

Since reading The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, and visiting the V&A Museum of Childhood I have been interested in the history of dolls houses. Now, they are mostly seen as children’s toys, and more often girl’s toys, but has that always been the case? In The...

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