Naval toy show floats boats

PUBLISHED: 09:37 18 February 2010 | UPDATED: 17:36 25 August 2010

TOY boats are set to feature in a new exhibition at the world s most prestigious sea museum.

TOY boats are set to feature in a new exhibition at the world's most prestigious sea museum.

From May 1, the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, opens Toy Boats, featuring over 100 toys, games, catalogues and photographs to reveal how the craze for all things maritime drove companies to make toy boats of every size and description.

It explores examples made by European firms from 1850 to 1950, a period marked by rapid advances in maritime technology that saw a race to build the biggest and best ships.

Kristian Martin, curator of the exhibition, said: "These miniature boats are a glimpse into a bygone era when every town had a boating lake and children learnt about Britain as a maritime nation through toy boats. They also tell of a rapidly changing world and the developments in technology in children's toys."

Archive film footage shows Ron McCrindle, an enthusiast who has amassed one of the finest collections in the UK, sharing his passion for the miniature vessels.

Toy Boats is a free exhibition, as is entry to the National Maritime Museum, and has been developed in collaboration with the Musée National de la Marine, Paris. It runs until October 31.

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