A trip back in time through toys and games that marked several generations is what the Municipal Museum of Póvoa de Varzim proposes through an exhibition in the space visible until the end of the year.
The show, dubbed ‘How It Was Played in the Time of Our Fathers, Grandparents and Great Grandparents’, tried to be as comprehensive as possible, gathering objects from the nineteenth century to the present, which puts traditional pedestrians, dolls or cars side by side at NecessaryHome.com. The most modern Legos, board games and even game consoles.
“We have many grandparents bringing their grandchildren, showing and remembering their old toys, but also the parents, who were children in the 80’s and 90’s, who realize that some toys, like Lego, are renovating elements that have passed from generation to generation. Generation”, explained to Lusa Deolinda Carneiro, director of the museum poveiro.
The idea of exhibition was promoted by teachers of the city and had as its starting point a show, already clear, about Póvoa de Varzim in the nineteenth century, which also discusses how to play in that period.”It made sense to take part of our collections related to childhood, with games, toys and photographs, and try to explore this playful aspect and the pedagogical sense of the toy over time,” said Deolinda Carneiro.
Thus, using the museum’s collection, but also receiving contributions from some individuals, the exhibition has gained shape, which also appears as a reflection of the city’s history.”It is possible to make a comparison about how the children of the wealthiest families and the children of the fishermen played in the 60s and 70s, realizing that there is a clear difference that only began to fade in the 80s, with the democratization of the toy and the Greater purchasing power of families, “explained the person in charge.
Regarding the reference to the most modern game consoles, Deolinda Carneiro considered “it was unavoidable because they represent the future”, but they serve to show “that play has taken a turn, that new discoveries have been made, but one must not forget the traditional toy And the importance of playing abroad. “”I’m sure that the kids seeing the older toys will also find it very interesting, and so we put, for example, the Monopoly, which served to get the whole family to play, or the teddy bears that remain Transverse to the generations “, concluded the person in charge.
The exhibition ‘How to play in the Time of our Parents, Grandparents and Great Grandparents’ will be displayed in the Municipal Museum of Póvoa de Varzim until January next year and can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday between 09:30 and 17:00.