Museum of Childhood

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The V&A Museum of Childhood is located in London’s Bethnal Green. vam.ac.uk/moc

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William Morris and the Printed Book

 I began printing books with the hope of producing some which would have a definite claim to beauty.[i] It could be said that William Morris’s career started and ended with the printed word. It began in 1856 at Oxford University where Morris established and edited the Oxford and Cambridge Magazine. He then went on to […]

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Coat Tales: Celebrating Creative Collaborations

A creative collaboration hit the catwalk in the heart of Hackney last night. The fashion show featured the final works created in the PROTOTYPE project between the London College of Fashion (LCF) and mums from Morningside Children’s Centre, Hackney. The clothes were designed for and modelled by the women’s children.   PROTOTYPE was a 14-week […]

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Co-production with Families

Last summer the V&A Museum of Childhood opened up its spaces to the local community in the spirit of co-production and creativity. Nine artist collectives and individuals collaborated with the public to create a growing display at the Museum, using the building and collections as inspiration. Over the summer, 4,590 visitors got creative in Our […]

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Harvests of unbound wonders – Childhood and the Poetry of John Clare

Oh dear to us ever the scenes of our childhood The green spots we played in the school where we met The heavy old desk where we thought of the wild-wood Where we pored o’er the sums which the master had set I loved the old church-school, both inside and outside I loved the dear […]

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‘A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints’ – A Review

‘A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints’ is an ambitious exhibition. It sets out to explore the complex issues of gender identity, social status and sexual relationships in Japan during the Edo period (1603-1868). It surpasses these objectives and provides a forum for discussion on gender identity and non-hetronorm ideologies. The exhibition’s title ‘A […]

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The Cabinet of Curiosities: Reflections on modern art historical thinking

Portrait of Elias Ashmole

If you, like me, are curious about cabinets of curiosity, the inaugural Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Lecture on the history of collecting was a key date. Given by esteemed art historian and authority on the history of collecting, Professor Paula Findlen, it was South Kensington’s hottest ticket. If you were disappointed not to get one, […]

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How The Eagle Slayer got to Bethnal Green

‘One of the most important specimens of the British School of Sculpture’ If you’ve ever visited the vast Marble Floor of the V&A Museum of Childhood, you may have noticed a rather pale gentleman stood near the café. Lunging back, with a bow poised and ready to shoot, he’s no ordinary visitor to the Museum […]

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Sheila Hicks: Material Voices – A Review

Review of Sheila Hicks: Material Voices  exhibition at the Textile Museum of Canada. This is a stunning exhibition, which plays with the themes of memory, contrast and space. Upon entering the exhibition the visitor is struck by the circular nature of the display space, which mirrors Sheila Hicks’s own cyclical treatment of her work. A video introduces […]

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Animating history

Fig.2. Groenmarkt, The Hague, ca.1860.

Fly through time and space with two new animated films from artist and V&A Museum photographer, George Eksts. The films provide spectacular and unfettered access into two 19th-century table-top tableau of a masquerade ball (Groot Gemaskerd Bal) and a food market (Groenmarkt), published by H.L. van Hoogstraten in The Hague, around 1860 (Museum No. Gestetner […]

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Maria Graham: trailblazer and peepshow maker

Within the hundreds of captivating paper peepshows newly acquired by the National Art Library from the Gestetner Collection, there is one peepshow whose story and splendour, I feel, eclipses all the rest. Handmade and painted in watercolour, ‘View from L’Angostura de Paine in Chile’[i], ca.1835 (fig.1), is as intriguing as it is beautiful. This humble […]

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