Saturday, 15 September 2007

A local Museum for local people

Quite near to where we live, in Montacute there is a Toy and Radio Museum so we thought we would go and have a visit being somewhat of a toy fan.

From the outside it didn't look like much, but sometimes you just can't tell. We went inside and as well as a toy museum it had a cafe, so we started by getting ourselves a nice bit of lunch. A good old Ploughmans for me, and Quiche for Leila. Nice.

Then it was on into the Museum, and this is were it gets good. It was £4.75 each to get, not a bad price I guess. You make your way through the cafe and into some sheds around the back. It all smells a bit musty and damp, which if you have ever been to a toy fair, is a normal smell for toys.

The sheds are rammed with bits of everything, annuals, toys, old radios, TV's, you name it, it's there.

It really is just a huge pile of stuff behind very make-shift looking display windows. The walls are covered with comics and annuals from every kind of TV show. Obviously I was drawn to the more Sci-fi stuff. The image above shows the Star trek-ish window.

There was also a lot of A-team, Simpsons, Coronation Street, Buck Rogers, Terrahawks, etc. You get the idea. But there was no information at all on any of it. You just had to look and see what you could see poking out from behind of some other item.

If it was up to me, I would have at least tidied the place up and added some helpful info.

This was the only Diorama, rubbish, but funny.

As you can see, some of the displays were a little on the sorry side, it looked like the pilot of this viper had had enough and jumped out.

But even after all that I have said, we really enjoyed it. It's by no means great, but there is a lot of toys to look at. And the cafe did serve some nice food.

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