Brighton Toy and Model Museum is proud to announce its latest exciting new collection, a beautiful and rare display of over 400 early Dinky Toys

Brighton Toy and Model Museum is proud to announce its latest exciting new collection, a beautiful and rare display of over 400 early Dinky Toys

The exhibit charts the evolution of the Dinky Toy, from the original 1932 range of “Hornby Modelled Miniatures”, through to its reinvention in 1934 as “Dinky Toys”. The 1930s Dinky range eventually comprised over 300 individual designs, reflecting the decade’s rapid scientific, technological, and social change.

Most of these colourful models were not produced again after World War Two, and the tendency of the early alloy to disintegrate can make it almost impossible to find pristine examples of some of these pieces. To make the collection even more special, it also includes the original trade boxes used by toyshops in the 1930s.


Chris Littledale, museum founder said: “The museum is absolutely delighted to announce the unveiling of what must surely be the most incredible collection of 1930s Meccano-made Dinky Toys and their Modelled Miniatures. Being able to present such a display is exciting beyond belief.”

We will be marking this important occasion with a glass of fizz – please RSVP by Thursday 30th June to let us know if you can attend.

The David Hatley Dinky Collection will be on display to the public at Brighton Toy and Model Museum from Wednesday 6th July 2022.