Victorian game of Madcap

Roberts Brothers:
the Empire’s largest games maker

Glevum Dominoes, c. 1930 - 1950

Examples of games made by Roberts Brothers under the Glevum Games trademark.

It is hard to believe that a firm that was once the largest in the British Empire could be so forgotten. This is the case for Roberts Brothers, but throughout the first half of the 20th century the games and pastimes made by the firm were to be found in the homes of most families in Britain, and large numbers across the world.

Founded by two brothers in Gloucester in the final decade of the 19th century, the company was finally destroyed as a result of the 2nd World War. But their games and toys are still around, and include both familiar and unfamiliar items.

This is a talk that shows examples of the games made by the company, most commonly under the ‘Glevum’ trade name, and includes original games for the audience to see, and no doubt in some cases, remember.

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