They’re not a rowdy bunch, but when you get them together, this little group has a lot to say.

Part of the ongoing appeal of soft toys is their comforting presence, and ability to be anything a person wants them to be. Most of these toys started life as … toys. Almost all were made commercially and were intended for children to play with. Then, at some stage (and like all new recruits), each took on an Air Force identity.

Many became mascots – recognisable emblems of a person or group. As their owners’ lives took new twists and turns – often during complicated times – the toys built up their own, related, stories.

We’ve included their stories below however come and see these cute recruits yourself by visiting our display upstairs on the Mezzanine.