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Development of the V&A Museum of Childhood, 2006

The Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green

The Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green

In December 2006, the Museum of Childhood reopened after the development of essential facilities for its priority audiences of schools and community groups. The improvements continued the implementation of the interpretative strategy which began previously with the redisplay of the upper galleries and which was rolled out to the mezzanine galleries.

Specific improvements to the Museum included:

  • The construction of a stylish, welcoming new entrance which would enable groups to move more freely, easing congestion at peak times
  • A new gallery, located within the foyer dedicated to displaying art work and installations from the Museum's community programme
  • The construction of a lift near the entrance foyer so that all levels of the Museum were fully accessible
  • The re-configuration of the north basement to create lunchroom, cloakroom and toilet facilities
  • A new Learning Centre which doubled the capacity for school groups and create a designated space for community art and craft workshops


The V&A Museum of Childhood worked with local East End architects Caruso St John who had also worked on previous development  at the Museum of Childhood and were widely respected for their award-winning work on Walsall Art Gallery.

This development was completed as part of FuturePlan

FuturePlan is transforming the V&A by revitalising visitor facilities and redisplaying the collections. Using the best architects and designers, we are bringing the V&A into the 21st century and restoring modern design and innovation to the heart of the museum.

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Museum of Childhood: A Book of Childhood Things

Museum of Childhood: A Book of Childhood Things

The Museum of Childhood traces the history of childhood through some of the museum's most cherished objects. The book reveals how children have played…

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Shoes: Pleasure and Pain

13 June 2015 – 31 January 2016. An exhibition looking at the extremes of footwear from around the globe. From a sandal decorated in pure gold leaf originating from ancient Egypt to the most elaborate designs by contemporary makers.

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Event - Gallery Talk: The British Galleries

Thu 11 February 2016 13:00–14:00

GALLERY TALK: Find out some of the background behind the development of the British Galleries.

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