Toy Story, right in the heart of Methil

Community reporter Lori Cormack visits the exhibition
Community reporter Lori Cormack visits the exhibition

A crane made out of Meccano pieces, an original Ker-Plunk game and a Cabbage Patch Kid.

Just some of the toys on display at Methil Heritage Centre’s new exhibition, ‘A Century of Childhood’.

A Century of Childhood at Methil Heritage Centre

A Century of Childhood at Methil Heritage Centre

Perhaps foreign objects to the kids of today, but well remembered, and often well-treasured, by many locals of a certain age.

The Centre’s 2014 exhibition has dozens of similar items on display and just one look can take you right back to a time when the days were long, the summers longer and life was totally carefree.

It might be the Postbox-red racing car, the beautifully crafted dolls in their best dresses, or even the ‘70s spacehopper - this exhibition has that iconic item to make you say ‘I remember when I had one of those!’

And don’t think this is just for those who wish to reminisce about days gone by - the bright displays, easy to read information boards, drawing station and giant connect-four will keep the youngsters thouroughly entertained as well.

Graeme Ritchie, manager at the Heritage Centre, said: “It’s interesting to look back and this exhibition is as much for adults as it is for children.

“The kids can come and play some games, and the parents can say ‘I remember that when I was a kid’.

“Children can come and see what their parents and grandparents played with, and when you listen to the comments, there’s actually an element of jealousy among the children.”

He added: “This exhbition has travelled quite successfully and here it is proving quite popular with our visitors.”

The exhibition, featuring items which have all been donated to Fife Cultural Trust, will be travelling to St Andrews following its run in Methil.

It takes you from the late 19th century right up to the 1990s. From a time when Victorian dolls, with their fixed porcelain stares, were all the rage in the most upmarket of homes to the decade when computer games and electronics were on the up and up, you can follow the trends right through the 20th century and learn about the social changes that affected playtime throughout the decades.

And as well as the exhibition, the Centre has a packed calendar of toy-themed events to keep the kids entertained this summer.

This Saturday, youngsters can create their very own 3D superheroes, while later this month and into August, there will be workshops on building your own boardgame, designing paper dolls and the history of kites.

The exhibition and heritage centre are both free to visit, and is open Tuesday - Thursday 11.00a.m. to 4.30 p.m. and Saturday 1.00 to 4.30 p.m.