The Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood has, until 23 April, an exhibition on board games, among which I found Halma ... like Muhle (nine men's morris), a game not played enough in childhood, as my Oma said Halma needed four players, and it was hard to find the fourth, beyond me and her and my little brother - the parents were too busy, and when their friends came, they were all too busy talking. Nor did I ever manage to teach any of my friends (yet).
|Indian chess set|
|Lego "pirates" chess set|
I filled a page with various game boards and spent some time reading about the history of games old and new - Scrabble, invented in the 1930s, was originally called Lexico ... it was the change of name (and a bit of marketing) that made it into a favourite, and now it's a classic.
And now the rest:
|Janet K's luscious lady, riding a lion|
|Carol's domestic details - the toy irons had a "plug" that stuck onto the wall|
|Joyce's 19th-century boy's clothing|
|Judith's "fairy tale house"|
|Najlaa's passion for pattern|
|Sue's wooden animals (and their wonderful shadows)|
|Janet K used a postcard to examine how drapery can model the figure|
|Responding to Lethaby's drawing of the Ziggurat of Belus, |
Najlaa found a modern photo of it; it's near her home town, Babylon
|Joyce had been using traditional Indian embroidery techniques|