Northampton goes back to its roots with Batteries Not Included toy exhibition

Exhibition will celebrate the county's history of toy production with antique toys from as early as 1750.
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The Northampton Museum and Art Gallery is preparing to open its doors to the world of toys with an interactive toy exhibition in June.

The exhibition, titled Batteries Not Included, will mark a return to its roots for Northamptonshire, that was once the centre point for toy making in the 20th Century.

Famous manufacturers based in the area included the likes of Mettoy of Harlestone Road, the producers of the infamous Space Hoppers, Corgi cars and distributed Fisher-Price toys, and Bassett Lowke of St Andrew’s Street, which made model locomotives.

Countywide toymakers included Rosebud Mattel, Burbank in Wellingborough and Be Be dolls in Ringstead.

“Batteries Not included pays homage to the county’s toy making tradition, and will showcase some of the best and most iconic toys made in the region,” read a statement.

Toys from the museum’s own collection will also be on display, including Bassett Lowke locomotive The Duke of York, Mettoy space hopper from the 1970s and Mettoy’s Bobby the walking policeman.

There will also be games, teddies and dolls dating from the 1750s to the present day.

Batteries Not Included will be held at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery from June 14th until September 28th.

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