Donating items to our collection

The Museum of Childhood is currently preparing for an exciting major refurbishment of the ground floor gallery.  Therefore at this busy time, between 1 April 2016 and 31 January 2017, we are unable to accept donations (except for items from the 1980s) or answer enquiries about the collections.


The Museum of Childhood has always benefited from many generous donations and we continue to welcome these to build on the breadth and variety of the collections.  However, as with all museum collections, storage and display space is restricted and we have to make sure we do not have too many of the same sort of object.

What we are collecting…

We are actively collecting toys, books, children’s clothes, photographs and domestic items from the 1970s onwards as this is where we have the least number of objects in our collections.  We are also particularly interested in any items relating to childhood during World War II.

What we do not need…

We are not collecting dolls’ or babies’ prams pre 1980, christening robes, collections of dolls in foreign costumes, baby clothes pre 1940, party dresses, train sets, Dinky cars, dolls’ houses and furniture pre 1970 or baby dolls pre 1970.

Contacting Us

If you have items that you think we would be interested in collecting, please do not bring them into the Museum in the first instance, but get in touch with a Curator by telephone or email. Ideally you could also send a photograph. Our contact details are as follows:

Susan Gardner tel: 0131 529 4119

Lyn Wall tel: 0131 556 9163

Please note that we do not offer valuations. 

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