Museum of Childhood

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The V&A Museum of Childhood is located in London’s Bethnal Green.

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The enduring appeal of Marimekko’s apparel

Last year Finland celebrated 100 years of independence. Despite its youthfulness, there is a lot we could learn from this new country with many indices citing it as ‘the most stable, the safest and the best-governed country in the world’.[i] Its current standing is a marked departure to its early years, in which its citizens […]

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LEGO is 60 Years Young!

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the invention of LEGO’s plastic bricks, the V&A Museum of Childhood’s Curatorial Assistant, Lauren vonBechmann, has been looking back at the history of this enduring and much-loved toy, here is her blog: The LEGO Group began in 1932 in the Danish workshop of Ole Kirk Christiansen, a carpenter known for […]

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Road Trip! Britain to Berlin and back

The exhibition Century of the Child: Nordic Design for Children 1900 to Today has seen several configurations since it debuted at the Museum Vandalorum, Sweden in 2014. As the exhibition’s curator here at the V&A Museum of Childhood, I am responsible for recasting this exhibition so that it’s relevant and exciting to our family audiences. […]

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Century of the Child: Nordic Design for Children 1900 to Today

On 30th March 2018, an exciting new exhibition exploring progressive Nordic design for children will open at the V&A Museum of Childhood. Spanning the 20th century, the exhibition Century of the Child: Nordic Design for Children 1900 to Today will feature iconic Nordic designs from BRIO to LEGO, Marimekko and the Moomins.   The exhibition’s […]

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Sounds of Christmas!

In celebration of all the sounds of season, the V&A Museum of Childhood has developed a new festive display, where visitors can explore the sounds of Christmas past as well as some familiar favourites. It features everything from traditional chimes to miniature musicians. The display will be situated on the Museum’s grand Marble Floor, and […]

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Mutton Bone Doll

The 30 November 2017 marks the first anniversary of myself gaining the position of archivist for the V & A Museum of Childhood. In the past year I have been intrigued and inspired by many objects in the collection and also the wonderful collection of papers and photos in the archive. All of these had a life […]

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William Morris and the Printed Book

 I began printing books with the hope of producing some which would have a definite claim to beauty.[i] It could be said that William Morris’s career started and ended with the printed word. It began in 1856 at Oxford University where Morris established and edited the Oxford and Cambridge Magazine. He then went on to […]

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Coat Tales: Celebrating Creative Collaborations

A creative collaboration hit the catwalk in the heart of Hackney last night. The fashion show featured the final works created in the PROTOTYPE project between the London College of Fashion (LCF) and mums from Morningside Children’s Centre, Hackney. The clothes were designed for and modelled by the women’s children.   PROTOTYPE was a 14-week […]

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Co-production with Families

Last summer the V&A Museum of Childhood opened up its spaces to the local community in the spirit of co-production and creativity. Nine artist collectives and individuals collaborated with the public to create a growing display at the Museum, using the building and collections as inspiration. Over the summer, 4,590 visitors got creative in Our […]

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Harvests of unbound wonders – Childhood and the Poetry of John Clare

Oh dear to us ever the scenes of our childhood The green spots we played in the school where we met The heavy old desk where we thought of the wild-wood Where we pored o’er the sums which the master had set I loved the old church-school, both inside and outside I loved the dear […]

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