It is, perhaps, a natural part of growing up to throw away the things of childhood. There comes a time when a young person no longer wants to be classed as a child and the objects of childhood are discarded and forgotten. One of the happiest times of childhood is playing. Children play by themselves and they play with other children. The carefree experience of spending time messing about with toys, doing nothing in particular, is a memory of childhood that everyone has. Children have always made playthings from whatever was lying around in their homes. A child's imagination can make a toy out of anything and this toy can be as effective as an expensive toy bought from a well-stocked city toy shop. But toys are transient and when childhood is over they become leftovers of personal history. If we dig deep in our memories, we can all say what our favourite toy used to be. But where is it now? The chances are it was thrown into the rubbish bin when its usefulness was over and its owner moved on to something more grown-up. The Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood in London is a wonderful place where children can see playthings of the past and grown-ups can say 'Ah, I remember! I used to have a toy just like that.' Nobody can keep the individual memories of childhood within the four walls of a museum, but the playthings that have fascinated children through the ages can be displayed for everyone to see and enjoy. This is a museum with a unique fascination for everyone who walks through its doors. It is a place that appeals to everybody because all its visitors are either children now or have been in the past. You do not need any sort of special interest to enjoy the Museum of Childhood. You just need to be a human being somewhere between the ages of one and 100. It was Sir Roy Strong, director of London's Victoria and Albert Museum - often just called the V&A - who decided in 1974 that the Bethnal Green branch of the museum should devote itself entirely to childhood. Toys, dolls, games, puppets and books were all gathered together from the V&A's collections and put on display in the Bethnal Green building. For many years, this satellite site of the museum had not had any specialised role in the museum's overall structure, but Strong changed all that, and a unique world showcase museum was created. Visitors to the Museum of Childhood are encouraged to wander through the exhibits at their leisure. There is no special way of viewing things and there is no time limit. But one thought must cross visitors' minds as they look at things in this magical place. What happens when the last visitor leaves at night and the doors are closed? Do all the toys wait for this moment and then scramble out of their showcases and take on a life of their own? Perhaps. It would be nice to think so. Can you now pick out the five FALSE statements about the Bethnal Green Museum Of Childhood? 1). The Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood is in London. 2). It is a specialised branch of the Victoria & Albert Museum. 3). It was opened in 1874. 4). The museum was the idea of Sir Roy Strong. 5). Sir Roy Strong is a British millionaire who collects toys. 6). You can only visit the museum if you take a guided tour. 7). 'The V&A' is the short form for the Victoria and Albert Museum. 8). Queen Victoria was on the throne when the Museum of Childhood was opened. 9). You can only visit the museum if you are under 18 years of age. 10). The building that houses the Museum of Childhood was a museum before it took on its specialised role. If you want to find out more about the Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood, go to www.museumofchildhood.org.uk . Answers: 3, 5, 6, 8 and 9 are untrue.