Pollocks Toy Museum Museums
1 Scala Street, Goodge Street
Pollocks Toy Museum Is Now Closed.
Benjamin Pollock was probably the only a shop-keeper in Hoxton, once a down-trodden district of East London, to get a Times obituary. When he died in 1937, aged 80, he had kept alive the tradition of toy theatre publishing for sixty years, and was visited by famous people - actors, authors and celebrities, including Robert Louis Stevenson and Serge Diaghilev.
Edwin Smith's toy theatre collection In 2002, the Trust received an important collection of toy theatre material which had belonged to the photographer and artist, Edwin Smith (1912-71).
Edwin Smith went to the old Pollock shop in Hoxton before and during the war, and collected many of the plays with traditional colouring. After the war, he worked for the newly-founded company, Benjamin Pollock Ltd., printing from the copper and zinc plates and making the art work for the simplified colour-printed plays with scripts written by George Speaight, such as Blackbeard the Pirate, Cinderella and Aladdin. He also designed the Festival of Britain style 'Adelphi' theatre proscenium.
Address1 Scala Street, Goodge Street, London, Greater London, W1T 2HL
Opening times10am - 5pm
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