Pollock’s Toy Museum Trust was founded in 1969 as a Registered Charity associated with Pollock’s Toy Museum. It has played a number of roles since that time in association with the family of the museum’s founder, Marguerite Fawdry, including helping to build up the collection through purchases and receiving donations from the public. The collection housed and displayed at the Museum at No.1 Scala Street, London, is split about 50/50 between items belonging to the Trust, and others owned by the Fawdry family.
In February 2021, Jack Fawdry launched a Kickstarter fundraising campaign to compensate for lost income over the past 12 months of the Covid-19 pandemic and to help with a relaunch when this becomes possible. We have worked closely with Jack on this appeal, and we look forward to helping to make positive changes at the museum in the future.
The Three Pollocks
If you are confused about the relationship between the Trust, Pollock’s in Scala Street (museum and shop) and Pollock’s Covent Garden (shop), this is the story. The museum is the original foundation from 1956, which was also a shop from the outset, based on the toy theatre stock of Benjamin Pollock Limited, a company that was formed in 1946 around the surviving stock of the original Benjamin Pollock of Hoxton Street.
As explained above, the Trust began over 50 years ago. Originally, it largely had a ‘behind the scenes’ role, but during the past 20 years it has mounted exhibitions and events, and published books, cards and reprints of historic toy theatre material.
Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop in Covent Garden began in 1980 as a branch of the museum shop. After a few years, the manager, Peter Baldwin (a well-known actor and a toy theatre performer and collector) bought the business from Marguerite Fawdry. He was joined as a partner by Louise Heard, who now runs the shop at No.44 Covent Garden Market.
We all share a love of old toys and especially of the toy theatre where it all began, and want to keep this activity, with its own history and traditions, as a living legacy for children and enthusiasts. As Robert Louis Stevenson wrote, ‘If you love art, folly and the bright eyes of children, speed to Pollock’s.’