Welsh toys preserved online

The Welsh history of a toy collection spanning 200 years is set to be preserved in digital form on the website, People's Collection Wales.

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40-year love affair with toys

Children all over Wales are no doubt counting down the days until Santa arrives and they receive the presents they have been waiting for all year. But one couple from West Wales know more than most about the toys we've all received over generations.

The Kennellys have been collecting toys for more than 40 years and they have even set up a museum with ten thousand different exhibits. Well now, much of their work is to be displayed online with the pioneering People's Collection Wales. Kevin Ashford has been to meet them

A toy collection spanning 200 years goes digital

The Welsh history of a toy collection spanning 200 years is set to be preserved in digital form on the website, People's Collection Wales.

Some of the first machine-washable teddies; made by Wendy Boston of Abergavenny in the 1950s Credit: Working Word

The toys from the West Wales Museum of Childhood in Llangeler, Carmarthenshire, include a wooden John Gilpin horse rider toy dated between 1908 and the 1920s, some of the first machine-washable teddies, made in the 1950s and a Winchester Saddle Gun from the 1960s.

The owners of the museum, Hilary Kennelly, 59, and husband Paul, 64, have been collecting toys for forty years.

Paul and Hilary Kennelly Credit: Working Word
Twm Sion Cati, who was born in Tregaron in 1530 and was often referred to as the Welsh Robin Hood Credit: Working Word

People’s Collection Wales is a partnership project between Amgueddfa Cymru – NationalMuseum Wales, the National Library of Wales and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Wales. It is funded by the Welsh Government.

‘Mam’ dating back to 1830, with the china head for the baby added in the 1860 Credit: Working Word
Hilary and Paul call this wooden doll ‘Emmie’made from champing-tree, a tool to grind grain for animal feed. Credit: Working Word
A John Gilpin horse rider wooden toy dated between 1908 and the 1920s Credit: Working Word

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