Small Stories at the V&A Museum of Childhood

In December 2014 we will be opening the Small Stories exhibition, featuring 12 of our most fabulous dolls’ houses. We’ll be bringing together 1,800 miniature objects including armchairs, four-poster beds, knives and forks, pets and pianos. Plus 107 dolls who all need a place to live.

On this blog, we’ll be sharing the process of bringing a dozen tiny homes and their inhabitants to life. We’ll go behind the scenes at the V&A Museum of Childhood and take a closer look inside the dolls’ houses as they get ready for display.
We’d love to hear about your dolls’ houses and the stories of their inhabitants, so please leave comments as we go.

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Grandad Hopkinson

Meeting the Small Stories characters

  Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been in the recording studio, hearing the characters we’ve created for the Small Stories exhibition come to life! From the early stages of developing the exhibition, we knew we wanted to have some of the 107 dolls speaking directly to the audience, sharing their varied experiences and […]

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Wellcome Library, London. Engelbrechts' drawing of an 18th century carpenter shows the many tools of the trade.

The Joy Wardrobe Part 3

On the right hand side of this early 18th century wardrobe, in bold letters several inches high, is painted “Edmund Joy 1712”. Who was this confident inscriber, who claimed this enigmatic piece of furniture as his own? Was Edmund Joy the first owner, or the talented carpenter of this unusual object? Whoever he was, his […]

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joy wardrobe open

The Joy Wardrobe Part 2

Opening the two outer doors unveils another interesting feature of this miniature house. Each one is lined with a different patterned and coloured wallpaper. The wallpaper marks the Joy Wardrobe of 1712 as being a very desirable piece of furniture. The year it was made, the first taxes were charged on this fashionable commodity, at […]

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joy wardrobe

The Joy Wardrobe Part 1

The first house in the upcoming exhibition, Small Stories: at home in a dolls’ house will be the ‘Joy Wardrobe’, made in 1712. It’s a strange object to start with, because it is not in fact a dolls’ house at all. The scale is right, and there are many little windows suggesting a wealth of […]

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