On display

Polly the Doll (late Victorian era)

During the First World War, many dolls, including this one, were reappropriated as a way to teach women First Aid skills in order to enable them to properly care for their loved ones when they returned from the war wounded.

Polly the doll was owned by Alice Mannering and lived on Broadhurst Gardens in Hampstead. She has an extensive wardrobe, including dresses, shoes and a purse, and a 15-piece tea set and 77-piece dinner set.