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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No. 74


The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No. 74 We reached the top yesterday, today showcasing the last section of shops – the Charity shops.  I have included about 20 shops which will be auctioned off separately and the proceeds will go to the respective charities. The  Children’s Air Ambulance charity shop is […]

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At least 75% of the children behaved themselves properly

F R Wilson with a school group, 1920s

Here’s another gem from The Times in the 1920s. The perennial problem of children in museums had arisen in the letters pages, and the newspaper approached Sir Cecil Harcourt-Smith, Director of the V&A, for comment… Children in the Museums Sir C. Harcourt Smith’s Views The behaviour of children in museums in London having been the […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the day No.53


The Tower of Babel – Shop of the day No.53 Marking a big day today for anyone with a 4 year old.  Find out about primary school places today.  One place we won’t be going to for school uniform is school wear shop on Hoe St, Walthamstow, sadly closed down not too long ago.  Established in […]

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There are many worse places in which to spend an idle day

Mrs Neave's House, c1840. W.17-1930 (c) V&A Museum, London

Dolls’ houses have long been at the heart of the displays at the museum in Bethnal Green, and as Small Stories has shown, their appeal never gets old. This article appeared in The Times on Thursday 23rd August 1928, describing the attractions of the museum for children. Arthur Sabin welcomed children, creating displays especially for […]

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Design the World – big ambitions for Sunday afternoons

Design The World session 1 - participant photograph
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Working every day in a storehouse of treasures never tires and neither does thinking of ways to use them in our workshops. Design the World is a project with an ambitious title but it also hints at the potential of the Museum’s collections and connects objects inside the building with the world outside the building. […]

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A reintroduction (and warmed babies)


This is the inaugural post of the new-style Clothworkers’ Centre blog. If you self-identify as a Knitwit or a Fan of Fans (a fanfan), read on, and even if you would not prod a Velveteenage Dirtbag with a stick, you might learn something (although probably not from me). We will use this as a rostrum to announce […]

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The Children’s Room: ‘An interesting experiment’

Today we take it for granted that our museums and galleries offer their young visitors diverse and engaging learning activities and programmes designed to fire their creativity and imaginations.At the V&A, we want families to come and explore, enjoy and be inspired by our wonderful collections and spaces. In the early twentieth century, however, museums […]

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Inspirational Collectors: Anne and Fernand Renier

By Frances Willis, Acting Frederick Warne Curator of Children’s Literature. Since 1967, the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) has chosen Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, 2 April to call attention to children’s books and to publicise and celebrate a love of reading worldwide.

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