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Children’s toy workshop at Palitoy

Published: Mon 14 October, 2019

*Shared on behalf of Coalville Heritage Society*

A special workshop for children to make a copy of a historic toy, a ‘Flitafast’ windmill, will be held at the Many Faces of Palitoy exhibition in Coalville. The workshop will be a fun and creative way for children to engage with the heritage of toys and Palitoy in particular and is part of the successful Many Faces of Palitoy exhibition, which opened on Saturday 12 October and within its first weekend attracted over 600 visitors.

The workshops will be led by an experienced crafter who works with children and will be a copy of Alfred Pallett’s first every toy, a child’s seaside handheld windmill often seen at seaside resorts in the 20th century. The original windmills were made by Pallett’s company Cascelloid, which later started the Palitoy brand of toys, from the 1920s right up to the 1960s.

The original windmills were made of highly inflammable celluloid plastic, which was later changed to safe types of plastic. The Many Faces of Palitoy workshop will use eco-friendly card and sustainable wood instead of plastic. Children will be able to take home their windmill.

The drop-in workshop will be at the Many Faces of Palitoy exhibition on Saturday 19 October and Saturday 26 October 10am – 4pm. The workshops have been created especially for the exhibition by Tom Cleaver of ‘Mr Cleavers Monsters’ and are free and children must be accompanied by a parent during the session. The workshops are supported by North West Leicestershire District Council.

The exhibition telling the history of Cascelloid and Palitoy is also free and is open daily 10am – 4.30pm until 10 November at Heartwood Conference Centre, Rothley House, Coalville Business Park, Jackson Street, Coalville, LE67 3NR. For further information www.choosecoalville.co.uk/palitoy 

The Many Faces of Palitoy is Coalville Heritage Society celebration of 100 years of Alfred Pallett founding the Cascelloid and Palitoy toy company and the exhibition features over 100 toys for a 100 years and is funded through a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant.

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