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Latest press releases

Seen But Not Hear 10 June – 19 November 2017
A display of 31 images of children just as they leave primary school, and before they move into secondary school, exploring their hopes and anxieties, worries and aspirations, by photographer Rachel Molina.

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Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories 22 July 2017 – 25 February 2018
The life and exceptional writing power of one of Britain’s best-loved storytellers, Michael Morpurgo, will be celebrated in a new, free exhibition at the V&A Museum of Childhood this summer.

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Place (Village) by Rachel Whiteread  25 March 2017 onwards
Rachel Whiteread’s celebrated artwork Place (Village) (2006-2008) will go on permanent display at the V&A Museum of Childhood from Saturday 25 March 2017. Place (Village) is a sculptural work featuring a ‘community’ of around 150 dolls’ houses which were collected by Whiteread over 20 years. The artwork will join the 100+ dolls’ houses in the Museum’s own collection.

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Searching for Ghosts 11 February 2017 – 21 January 2018
Haunting and intimate domestic scenes go on display at the V&A Museum of Childhood in a series of photographic works, a community visual arts project and a large-scale sculptural model of a tower block by photographer Tom Hunter, artist James Mackinnon and photographer Mike Seabourne.

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ABC Photography 11 February – 4 June 2017
26 photographers have created 26 photographs to act as an alphabet of images introducing children to the art of photography using key works and philosophical witticisms.

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Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered 8 October 2016 – 23 April 2017 
Board Games are played the world over, and have been a key element in family culture for centuries.

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Tales 23 July 2016 – 8 January 2017
A series of twelve images by photographer Sonya Hurtado exploring the imaginary world of childhood.

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Clangers, Bagpuss & Co, 19 March – 9 October 2016
The magical worlds of the Clangers and Bagpuss will be explored in a new exhibition opening at the V&A Museum of Childhood next spring.

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It’s a Hard World for Little Things, 9 January – 17 July 2016
Children Carrying Heavy Objects is a series of six large scale drawings, that depict children and the burdens they carry, by C A Halpin.

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The Tales We Tell: Indian Warli Painting, 14 November – 3 July 2016
This exhibition presents a rare insight into Warli painting, a tribal art from western India. The exhibition is part of the V&A India Festival.

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On Their Own: Britain’s Child Migrants, 24 October – 12 June 2016
The publicity photographs show children smiling into the camera and waving from the decks of ocean liners bound for new homes thousands of miles away, but their subsequent stories tell of lonely, isolated and brutal childhoods that were a shattering consequence of Britain’s childhood migration schemes.

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Kites From Kabul, 4 July 2015 – 3 January 2016
In the historic city of Kabul, the spring sunshine brings kite flyers out in their hundreds, and brightly coloured kites can be seen dotting the skyline. Kites From Kabul will bring this spectacle to London, with a display of kites made by children in Murad Khani, the Old City district of Kabul. The display has been developed with the British charity Turquoise Mountain, one of the Prince’s Charities, which works in Afghanistan.

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The Alice Look, 2 May – 1 November 2015
2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the first publication of one of Britain’s best-known and most-loved children’s books, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. To mark the anniversary, this display will bring together garments, photographs, rare editions and illustrations to show Alice as both a follower of fashion and a trendsetter.

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Hidden Identities Unfinished, 20 December 2014 – 28 June 2015
This display of photographs by Yvonne de Rosa examines the lives of children and families living under adverse conditions in Bosnia and Romania. The project was the result of a collaboration with Hope and Homes for Children, an international charity that works to prevent the breakdown of families and to ensure children grow up in a loving environment.

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Small Stories: At Home in a Dolls’ House, 13 December 2014 – 6 September 2015
The V&A Museum of Childhood’s major 2014-15 exhibition Small Stories: At home in a dolls’ house will reveal the fascinating stories behind some of the UK’s best-loved dolls’ houses. Through the stories of 12 dolls’ houses from the past 300 years, visitors will be taken on a journey through the history of the home, everyday lives and changing family relationships. The small stories of each house will be brought to life by the characters that live or work there. Day-to-day life will be illuminated through tales of marriages and parties, politics and crime.

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It’s My Party…, 20 September 2014 – 5 July 2015
It’s My Party… takes a look at children’s birthday parties from the perspective of both children and parents. The centrepiece is a life-sized installation telling the story of Wilfred, a shy resident of the Museum. Wilfred doesn’t want to celebrate his birthday, but regrets his decision when he finds himself all alone on the day with a solitary cupcake. The story has a happy ending, as Wilfred’s friends organise a surprise party, with a lavish feast and gifts that money can’t buy.

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Toy Stories, 7 June – 14 December 2014
Toy Stories is a series of portraits by Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti, which explores the role and function of toys in the lives of children around the world. The 21 photographs reflect the impact of the children’s backgrounds and families on their choice of toys and highlight the universality of play.

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Hand Me Over Hand Me Downs, 24 May – 31 August 2014
Hand Me Over Hand Me Downs is a collection of photographs documenting the belongings of over 70 children, who were born in the People’s Republic of China and adopted into families in the United Kingdom. These possessions were the only things the children brought to their new lives, and are an important reminder of the day they legally joined their new families. In many cases that day was also the first time the adults and children met -a day so memorable to the parents, but unknown to a child too young to remember.

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The Great Diary Project, 17 May – 12 October 2014
Using documents from The Great Diary Project archive at Bishopsgate Institute, this exhibition offers insights into the lives of children and teenagers at particular moments in history. The diaries on display date from 1813 to 1996, showing changes in attitudes over time and demonstrating how an individual’s unique voice can be captured in this very private kind of writing.

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Daydreams and Diaries, 5 April – 2 November 2014
This exhibition celebrates all things Jacqueline Wilson, giving you a chance to find out about her childhood, early career and what inspires her to write. It features original notebooks along with childhood toys, school reports and diaries. There are also extracts and illustrations from some of her best-loved books including The Story of Tracy Beaker, The Illustrated Mum and Hetty Feather.

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Confiscation Cabinets, 9 November 2013 1 June 2014
Artist Guy Tarrant’s display cabinets show artefacts gleaned from 150 different London primary and secondary schools over three decades. These objects include homemade games, keepsakes, cult toys, peculiar adornments, weapons and other forbidden objects which characterise the flotsam and jetsam of contemporary school children.

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Are You Sitting Comfortably?, 12 October 2013 – 1 June 2014
Are you Sitting Comfortably? is an exhibition exploring some of the effects of environment and design on teaching and learning from the formality of the Victorian classroom to the outdoors self-directed learning of a wood school.

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Afro Supa Hero, 14 September 2013 – 9 February 2014
A snapshot of a childhood, shown through a personal collection of pop cultural heroes and heroines of the African diaspora. Jon Daniel’s action figures, comic books and games offer an insight into the experience of a boy of African Caribbean heritage growing up in 1960s and 1970s Britain, in search of his identity.

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War Games, 25 May 2013 – 9 March 2014
Exploring the fascinating relationship between conflict and children’s play and providing an insight into the ways toys have been influenced by warfare from 1800 to the present day.

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Exhibition - Seen But Not Heard

10 June – 19 November. A collection of intimate photographic portraits dealing with transition from primary to secondary education.

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- Summer Camps at the V&A Museum of Childhood

Monday 31 July – Friday 4 August, Monday 7 – Friday 11 August. Each artist-led camp lasts a maximum of 5 days and is jam-packed full of performance, creativity and fun from start to finish.

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V&A Museum of Childhood collections

Discover the national collection of Childhood related objects, from ideas to design, toys to schoolbooks. All Museum of Childhood Objects