Toys from the past wanted at Downham Market heritage centre

Discover Downham Heritage Centre
Discover Downham Heritage Centre

A learning centre in Downham is appealing for members of the public to donate toys from the past in the hope of putting together a collection.

Discover Downham Heritage and Learning Centre, located on Priory Road, will look to use the collection for school groups and reminiscence days to teach children about the past.

Learning officer Meg Barclay said: “This will help children understand about life before computers, the internet and the introduction of battery-powered toys.”

From metal cars to teddies, and dolls to wooden models, the centre is hoping to collect toys from any decade.

Ms Barclay added: “In particular, we are very interested in any more iconic toys, such as Barbies and Thunderbirds, and also mechanical toys such as spinning tops and tumbling acrobats.”

Donations should be dropped off at Discover Downham, at the Old Fire Station. The centre is open Thursday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm.