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Pembrokeshire Classic Cars Club visits Museum of Childhood
1927 Humber 14/40, 1931 Alvis 12/50 and 1954 Sunbeam Talbot Alpine1927 Bentley and 1933 Sunbeam 20 hp - a regal pair !1954 Jowett Jupiter, Vic Davey's 2004 Jaguar S Type and a  much liked and respected 1966 Morris Minor Traveller

Enjoying the fine weather amidst the greenery of West Wales country lanes are members of the Pembrokeshire Classic Car Club and their trusty steeds.

By arrangement with curators and co-owners Hilary Kennelly, Paul Kennelly and Vic Davey, the Museum hosted the rally by the PCC Club which followed a visit to the nearby Italian chapel at Henllan.

The Club reports that all those attending enjoyed the outing and especially enjoyed the walks round the Museum both inside and outside.

21st September 2010

John visits old friends in West Wales

John Print talking to Hilary Kennelly, Paul Kennelly and Vic Davey

An unexpected visitor recently was John Print of the CDMC (Coventry Diecast Model Club) seen here with curators and co-owners Hilary Kennelly, Paul Kennelly and Vic Davey.

John, a long-standing friend and collector, had just popped in to the museum to say 'howdy, having been to Pembrey Race Track for a weekend of marshalling. He has been a race marshal for many years, and this meet was for vintage sports cars.

John told us that in the same week-end he also managed to fit in a day's course as a trainee ticket inspector at Didcot Depot.

Before going back to Coventry, John found a few choice diecasts to buy in the museum's gift and toy shop for his collection 'just in case he needed to celebrate the occasion.'

29th September 2010

Ripley Sisters open New Destination in West Wales

The Ripley Sisters, Val and Pam , with our Hilary

We are pleased to report that long-standing friends of Hilary Kennelly and well respected dolls house and vintage toy collectors, sisters Val and Pam Ripley have now moved to Newport in Pembrokeshire and have opened a small, well presented Museum in the town centre.

The display currently has two galleries that have a time line in dolls houses covering early Victorian to a "Chelsea crash pad ". All are fully furnished with period contents and the display includes their own childhood house, a 1930's Triang Stockbroker's residence -'The Gables.'

Eventually, there will be an upstairs gallery featuring an extensive collection of tin toys along with other vintage playthings. The Museum is called " Ty Twt "(tidy house) and can be found in Market Street just off the main road through the town. For all enquiries telephone 01239 820590. Opening hours 10am to 5pm, Mon, Wed, Fri -19th July to 10th September. A real treat to look forward to !

Paul, Hilary and Vic wish them every success with their new venture.

For all lovers of childhood memories, now West Wales really is a DESTINATION.

23rd July 2010

Pen-ffynnon Camp Site hosts first Rally

It's filling up nicely There's some more space round here !

It was fair weather and a warm welcome that greeted the Wales Area Motor Caravan Section of the Camping and Caravanning Club here at the Museum of Childhood's camp site.

The Rally had been organised by Kath Anthony, She said after the event that the members were delighted with the site, the field, the facilities and the Museum.

On leaving after five wonderful days. Kath was happy to book the Club for a return visit to the Museum in 2011.

Pen-ffynnon is a Camping and Caravanning Club Certificated Site.

A few stragglers can't tear themselves away. Just a few left - Are they already dreaming of next year's rally ?

10th July 2010

More Film and TV treasures to see at the Museum of Childhood

Wonderful for dressing up in !Paul's mural for the Film and TV Gallery

The latest addition to our Film and TV Gallery is this magnificent Dalek suit which children once loved to dress up in. It was made by the British company Berwick Toys in 1965.

"We are very pleased to have added this item to the collection" says curator Paul Kennelly. "A Dalek really is a must-have for a museum of childhood such as ours."

Paul is justifiably proud of his mural which he recently completed. It depicts the current Dr Who, James Bond, a Dalek threatening to exterminate the Doctor and a TV set - of course !

The mural is a worthy exhibit which properly identifies the Film and TV Gallery recently opened.

10th July 2010

Milford Haven Classic Car Club

Some of the participants from the Milford Haven Classic Car Club

Members of Milford Haven Classic Car Club enjoying a visit to the Museum of Childhood.

The Museum has become a popular destination for motoring clubs as it provides excellent access from the adjoining main road and comfortable parking, a trip down memory lane in the galleries and welcoming tea room.

Special rates for the Museum are available to clubs and groups.

23rd May 2010

Llandysul Local History Group

Hilary demonstrates Dancing Doll to Hanes Llandysul

An evening visit to the Museum by the Llandysul Local History Group, proved a big hit with the members. They enjoyed a personal conducted tour around the galleries by Curators, followed by refreshments in the tea room and a short talk and demonstration by Hilary Kennelly. Group visits after-hours are welcome , by prior arrangement and they still earn Museum discounts for groups of 12 or over.

25th May 2010

Museum hosts American Civil War re-enactment

69th New York Regiment advance with bayonets fxed

It's " FIX BAYONETS " as once again the Museum plays host to members of the 69th New York Regiment who along with other regiments will be presenting a living history camp at the Museum along with Musket firing demonstrations during the Easter Bank holiday.

There is no admission charge to the history camp so why not come along and meet the " Boys in Blue " and maybe a few in Grey !

The American Civil War was fought in the years 1861 to 1865 over the question of slavery and State Rights.

There were many Welsh immigrants who fought for both the Union and The Confederacy during this conflict.

   10th March 2010

Museum of Childhood is 'On Your Doorstep'

Hilary presenting the Museum's displayDancing Dinah is the star of the show  !

Hilary Kennelly, curator at the Museum, presented the Museum's display of toys and other fascinating items at the Carmarthenshire 'On Your Doorstep' event in Guildhall Square, Carmarthen.

The event - held on Saturday 27th February - is to let everyone know that you don't have to travel far to find the activities, attractions and landscapes that you expect when choosing your holidays.

Star of the display was " Dancing Dinah " - a wooden dancing doll of traditional design , this example being made in the early 1940's. and always a popular item with visitors to the Museum.

The Museum - and Hilary in particular - were congratulated for having a very colourful and attractive display.

  10th March 2010

Bryngwyn Young Farmers Club enjoy a night out at the Museum of Childhood

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Bryngwyn young farmers enjoying an evening visit to the Museum during an impromptu pedal tractor race

  1st February 2010

A group photo of Bryngwyn Young Farmers Club marks the end to a fun packed evening at The Museum of Childhood

The MG Club of Pembrokeshire enjoy a gathering at the Museum of Childhood

The iconic MG - this is the VAA varied line-up, all MGs

The MG Club of Pembrokeshire enjoyed dry but overcast weather on their run around Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion.

A total of 16 vehicles were assembled in the Museum's carpark, the oldest of which was a beautiful British Racing Green MG VA open 2seater of 1937, registered number plate ELX384, which attracted crowds for the full duration of the Club's stay.

Other models represented were TA, TF, MG A, MG B (and MG B GT) and a few modern saloon and roadster cars

20th June 2009

procession of toys

photograph of Pen-ffynnon farmhouse and tea rooms

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