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Game Play Exhibition

‘Game Play’: 50 Years of Family Board Games

Saturday 13 July – Saturday 7 September 2019

People have been playing board games since the dawn of civilisation. The earliest known complete gaming boards were found in the Royal Tombs of Ur in Iraq and date from about 3000 B.C. The popularity of games grew in the nineteenth century and mass production methods led to a rapid expansion in the games industry. From the late 1800s, colourful board games were being produced at a price that many people could afford.

This temporary exhibition at the museum will feature board, card and dice games from the 1920s to the 1970s.
Highlights on display will include:

Ace Football Pool Game
Novelty Games Ltd. Leicester
This game was inspired by the football pools which had been introduced a few years earlier.

Touring England / Touring Europe / Motor Chase Across London
These were part of a series of games by Geographia which were inspired by the growing influence of cars.

Housing Drive
Pepys (Castell Brothers)
Late 1940s
This game involved a race to complete a housing estate using the least government subsidy possible. This was a topical theme of the period with the Government’s drive for new housing following the Second World War.

Take Your Pick!
Bell Toys
A game based on the popular TV show of the same name. The game show, hosted by Michael Miles, was broadcast on ITV from 1955 until 1968. It was the first British game show which offered cash prizes!

Glevum (Roberts Brothers)
The aim of this game is to collect as many pairs as possible i.e. chair and table. Players auctioneer items for sale from their cards. They can only describe items by their number of legs!