Hi my name is Esther and I curated the exhibition at the V&A museum of Childhood. I have been reading your comments on our exhibition Space Age, exploration, design and popular culture on your forum page. I am really please that it has come to the attention of specialist collectors. I haven't managed to identify everything, so thank you for the information about the Tudor Rose ray gun. I shall add this information to our catalogue.
All the toys in the exhibition belong to the museum. I have borrowed a couple of things like the Gumbo, bubble gum machine (which is interestingly made from Fiat car parts) and the fancy dress costume. I managed to buy a few things from the Paul lips sale at Christies a few years ago. I also recently managed to acquire the space station that has a mint box, after going for several others at auction. Most of the toys were donated to our collection as part of the Krazy Kat Archive which was collected by the Eduardo Paolozzi, the artist and sculptor. We only used a small percentage of this collection, so the rest are in store. Which you can see by appointment at Bylthe House in Olympia west London.
The exhibition is going on tour around the UK for the next 3 years to the following museums: 3 May 2008 – September 2008 - Weston Park Museum, Sheffield 11 October 2008– 11 January 2009 - City Arts Centre, Edinburgh 24 January – 19 April 2009 - Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro 3 May – 26 July 2009 - City Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth 8 August – 1 November 2009 - Bradford One Gallery, Bradford 14 November 2009 – 7 February 2010 - Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle 20 February – 16 May 2010 - South Shields Museum, Newcastle 29 May – 29 August 2010 - New Walk Museum, Leicester
The large Robby the Robot was commissioned by us and was made by a company called Paragon Creative. This is part of our permanent gallery so unfortunately it will not be travelling with the exhibition.
We are selling a series of Space related merchandise on our website that where design especially for us. You can buy these on our website www.museumofchildhood.org .
I hope you get to see the exhibition as it travels round and you enjoy the show.