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The Forgotten Toys Compendium

The Forgotten Toys Compendium invites people on a journey of social archaeology to rediscover and repurpose the playable gems hidden among dusty piles of forgotten “junk”.

What’s lurking at the back of your shed? What’s gathering dust in your attic? Broken…bits missing…going rusty?

Using play, storytelling and art, these re-discovered artefacts (from rusty bike wheels and old sledges to dusty console controllers and forgotten Furbies) will be remixed and reborn as new participatory games that bring everyday streets alive and build connections between people. 

The new project is a collaboration between KWMC and Ludic Rooms for the Bristol 2015 Neighbourhood Arts Programme. It has been commissioned for the Neighbourhood Partnership area of Filwood, Knowle and Windmill Hill, inviting people to see “junk” in a different way by tapping into the shared experiences of play across different generations and cultures. The project aims to promote the re-use of existing objects, materials and landscapes and the positive occupation of public space within the local area, as well as encouraging cross-generational conversations about how we value material goods.

Earlier this year our toy trike took to the streets of Knowle West in search of toys, games and stories. We then ran a number of free public events and workshops where members of the public could work with artists and technologists to give new life to the old and broken toys by repurposing them and transforming them into new games. We held a toy hacking session for families at Knowle West Festival on Filwood Broadway, and several afternoons at our digital making space KWMC: The Factory.

Keep up to date with the project as it unfolds on the Forgotten Toys Compendium blog. If you have any toys to donate please call 0117 903 0444 and we’ll collect them – or you can drop them off at KWMC.

Turn your ‘junk’ into gems this Black Friday

As Black Friday dawns and Christmas shoppers start the hunt for gifts at bargain prices, a group of artists are encouraging people to breathe new life into old toys – rather than throwing them away to make room for new ones. Over the last few months we've been collaborating with artists Ludic Rooms have been touring the streets of Knowle West...

Forgotten Toys Compendium

Contact Us

Knowle West Media Centre
Leinster Avenue
Knowle West
Bristol
BS4 1NL
+44 (0) 117 903 0444
enquiries@kwmc.org.uk

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