In Conjunction with our major 2018 summer exhibition : 

Batteries Not Included – An Exhibition of Toys through the Ages

A new competition for all schools

What is the competition?

From March 16th to 2nd September 2018 Bailiffgate Museum will proudly host a magical exhibition of Toys through the ages. We want every child in our area to experience the opportunity to have their work displayed alongside that of this exciting and fascinating exhibition.

All entries will be edited into a video to be projected continuously throughout the exhibition. We expect many visitors and we know that our local children will produce some stunning work of which we can all be proud.

In 2017 over 500 pieces of artwork from local children was displayed as part of our Illustrating Harry Potter exhibition and we would be delighted to repeat the success of that project in 2018. Children love to see their work on show in the museum gallery.

We will also select prize winners, of different age groups, (4-8 years, 9-12 years and 13-18 years) who will receive a framed picture of their work that will hang in the museum, and later at home. They will also be, with their parents or carers, to attend our special exhibition launch on 17th March at 6.30pm, with other invited guests.

The schools’ work produced by local children for our 2017 Illustrating Harry Potter exhibition was one of its highlights, enjoyed by thousands of visitors to the museum, and we are sure this can be repeated again with the inspirational subject of Toys. During the exhibition we will be welcoming school visits and also inviting art students to come to the museum for special art classes where budding artists can see Toys of all types and historical periods. A truly inspirational experience for all young artists. We can tailor all school visits to suit school needs. In particular we offer a workshop Toys Through Time which complements the KS1 curriculum.


Please check our website or call on 01665 605847. Email queries should go to Vivien Kay


Competition Details

Children are asked to produce one piece of work from either of these categories.

1. 'Draw or paint your favourite toy, real or imagined'.

2. 'Design a toy of the future'.

Please note.....

· All illustrations must be done on A4 size paper, in landscape format

· Media acceptable: pen, pencil, crayon, paint

· No computer generated images

· No pastels, chalk or collages allowed.

We are unable to scan art work that does not comply with the above guidelines. Thank you for your cooperation.


Closing date

Work must be delivered to the museum by Friday 19th January 2018. We need time to judge the work and electronically scan and edit the children’s images into a colourful and exciting addition to our exhibition.

Please follow these guidelines to help us scan and display your pupils’ work to the highest possible standard.

1. Teachers are asked to ensure that the following information is on the back of each piece of work, written in PENCIL,

· Pupil’s name

· Age

· Subject e.g. favourite toy or toy of the future

· School

NB: Please do not use pen as it shows through when the work is scanned and damages the image.


2. Please send a Microsoft Word document listing each child’s first name to

This will save us a lot of tim