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The term 'toys' here includes decorative adornments such as buttons, buckles, and snuffboxes rather than traditional children's toys during this period. Jenni Dixon explores the manufacture of these toys in 18th-century Birmingham and how they were used by those who bought them.

The lecture will explore the trade in the late-1600s and early-1700s, the desire for new kinds of making and highlights the relationship between Josiah Wedgwood and the Birmingham toymakers in making a new range of toys in the late 1700s.

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Erasmus Darwin House

Beacon Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 7AD

01543 306260


Opening times

The museum is open from 11am to 5pm Mon-Sun. Last admission 4pm. Booking is encouraged to avoid disappointment but tickets can be purchased at the door if we have spaces free.

The herb garden is open all year with free access - please observe social distancing in our small garden

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We have decided to maintain social distancing and other mitigation measures, including reduced capacity and face mask use (unless exempt) until otherwise announced, in accordance with industry best practice and guidance issued by the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions. We also have a one way system in place in the museum.

To ensure the financial stability of this independent museum it has been necessary for us to introduce an admission charge.

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