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    Nostalgia is all around us these days - Vintage clothes are all the rage, every other films is a remake from the 1970's or 1980's, and even bands from our youth are re-forming and playing to packed out arenas.

    Even so, there is a way that you can get even more immersed in your childhood this summer, and that is by visiting a nostalgia museum!

    There are quite a few museums in the UK that offer trips back into the 1970, 80's and 90's. DYR visited a few recently and was rather surprised at how much we had forgotten about our recent past!

    The "Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising" in London is perhaps one of the most remarkable and enthralling, and is definitely worth popping into when you are next in London. There you will find all manner of adverts, jingles, paraphernalia, that you didn't even know you hadn't forgotten! Likewise, (also in London) is the "toy museum" which is a must see with a lot of toys from the 1970's and 80's including the full range of Rubik's puzzles (he made a lot more than the simple cube you'll see!)

    Further a-field there are even more, among them the magnificent "Land of the Lost Continent" museum in Craven Arms, Shropshire, and also the Museum of Jersey is holding a special showing of toys and memorabilia from people's childhood this summer. So why not incorporate a visit to one of these into a holiday? Maybe go all out and drive there in your ford Capri, drinking Capri sun, playing i-spy, eating wagon wheels, singing "We're all going on a summer holiday" and stay in a Butlins?

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    I have been meaning to visit the "Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising" for a long time now but, unfortunately, I don't get down south much these days.

    Living in Cumbria, I would have recommended paying Keswick's "Cars of the Stars Motor Museum" a visit but, very sadly, it has recently shut down. I first visited the museum as a child and I'll never forget my excitement at seeing such things as the James Bond's cars, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the 1960s Batmobile. Moreover, their gift shop is where I bought my much cherished Corgi James Bond Aston Martin toy. All in all, it was a fantastic place and I for one will miss it greatly.

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    Speaking of Rubik's puzzles, I had the Rubik's Clock. I never solved it, and it was way hard on my fingers to turn the dials. I might have a root in the loft to see if I still have it.

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    I've been to the 'Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising' (just off Portobello Road in Notting Hill), a couple of times, and it's a great way to spend an afternoon. It's run by Robert Opie, who also produces those massive 'scrapbook' books - including 'The 1960s Scrapbook' and '1970s Scrapbook' - both of which are worth getting for the amount of "I remember that/them!" moments you get looking through them. The 1970s section of the museum is probably the area I enjoyed most, with it's crisp packets (some of which still have the crisps in them), and it's Wavy Line washing powder and so on. Well worth a visit.
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    I going on Friday - been meaning to go for years and am making the most of a concert trip to go before my trip home - I'll be in retro packaging heaven

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    There's an old toy museum in Tynemouth if anyone happens to visit the North East. I quite enjoyed my visit there.

    Also went to see the REAL ORIGINAL FLUMPS at the Bowes museum a couple of years ago in a one-off exhibition. I was beside myself!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trickyvee View Post
    There's an old toy museum in Tynemouth if anyone happens to visit the North East. I quite enjoyed my visit there.
    I never knew that, I'll take a look over to the coast one Sunday and have a look around.
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    It's around about where the plaza used to be, opposite the boating lake. Not very big and easily missed but worth a browse.

    http://www.tynemouthtoymuseum.co.uk/
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    Thanks, good to have on the doorstep
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    Edinburgh museum of childhood is good and free.Going to the newly moved transport museum in Glasgow soon,its good for old cars and such.


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