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Family BSL Pop-up Performances at the V&A Museum

Pop-up Performance The Tale of Little Red Riding Hood © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Did you know that the V&A Museum in London has BSL performances especially for families? On 1 and 22 August, three times a day, there will be BSL interpretation of two exciting and unique performances by signer Matthew Wainright from Deaf Umbrella. Matthew is completely involved in the action of each story, interacting with the […]

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Norouz: celebrating Spring at Persian New Year

    Mark the Persian New Year celebration of Norouz by joining the V&A for a day of music, dance, song, poetry, storytelling and craft workshops for families on Sunday 22 March from 12.00 – 17.00. Events are free and drop in so do come and join us. We’re really excited about welcoming families to […]

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Blue birds and BSL

Pop up Performance, Family Art Fun © Victoria and Albert Museum

Do you want to learn the secrets of the Willow Pattern, be transported into a magical fairy-tale world or dress up and dance like 80’s pop star Adam Ant? This winter and spring we have a number of British Sign Language Interpreted (BSL) interactive performances for families as part of our regular Saturday’s Pop up […]

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Singing the blues – February Half-Term

Willow Pattern detail

This February Half-Term the families’ team have set the theme for our activities as the Willow Pattern and blue and white ceramics to tie in with the new Blue and White: British Printed Ceramics display on Level 6 in the Ceramics Gallery.  We just love the blue and white patterns in these pieces and have became fascinated […]

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Constable Digital Kids activity to do at home

Constable Digital Kids Activity for Families

As the Constable: The Making of a Master exhibition enters its final month at the Victoria & Albert Museum and with young animators and digital painters anticipating new tablets for Christmas presents; this refresh of the basic instructions for PhotoViva and PuppetPals apps from the two Constable themed families activities this term, should provide a well-timed reminder […]

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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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Treasure project community performance

What do you treasure? In July and August 2014, Dante or Die Theatre worked with two Westway Development Trust community groups to create a new Pop-up Performance for families, inspired by the V&A and our collection, called ‘Treasure’. The Thursday morning Parents’ Group and Pimento Community Project visited the Museum to seek out treasured objects […]

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Clara Button and the Magical Hat Day – Big Draw 2014


“I know…we’ll got to the Victoria and Albert Museum. It’s full of wonderful things, including lots of hats’. Clara clapped her hands in delight. ‘That will be so boring’, grumbled Ollie.”   This weekend we’re inviting families to come and celebrate the Big Draw by designing their own magical hats, inspired by the book Clara […]

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What can we learn from watching groups of visitors using digital museum exhibits?

Boy touching replica lion's skull

There is a lot written about digital technologies and how they might help visitors engage within museums. However, this is often very focussed solely on technical aspects and frequently seems to assume that people will use this tech as intended. But of course, people bring their own ideas, habits and preferences to the tech, and it cannot be assumed that […]

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A summer of drawing, mythical beasts and rebellious rabbits


This August over 7,500 people took part in our families summer holiday programme. For The Imagination Station activity we took inspiration from Trajan’s Column in the Cast Courts and asked families to record their journey around the museum in an activity designed by Liam O’Connor, Exhibition Road Drawing Resident. We had some wonderful drawings and […]

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