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Toys and Games in History: the Gruesome and the Fun

1 July 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Cas Sanders, Museum Curator and Learning Officer, will look at the history of having fun. The things which people used to find fun have changed over the years, while the forms of those games have changed too.

She will look at the history of cruelty for fun and also the way some wildly violent games are now national sports, such as football, and how beloved school playground games like ladders and tug-of-war were once not for the faint-hearted. Goose-pulling and fox-tossing were considered ideal dating activities!

Cas will also be looking at toys. Children have played with stones, chalk, sticks and anything that could be used as a ball for thousands of years. People will have an opportunity to look at dolls from the past (Roman, Tudor, Dutch wooden and peg) as well as toys from the Second World War.

This is part of the North Herts Museum Festival Lecture Series, organised for the Hitchin Festival 2019. All tickets need to be booked through the Festival Box Office (open 10.00 am – 3.00 pm) at Hitchin Information, 1A Churchyard, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1HR, Telephone 01462 453335.


1 July 2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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North Hertfordshire Museum
14 Brand Street
Hitchin, Herts SG5 1JE United Kingdom
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