Museum of Childhood

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

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Jean Qui Pleure and the struggle with reading (Part I)

“Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested” (Francis Bacon, Essays (1625), ‘Of Studies’)   Wearing a version of the “dunce cap”, not classically conical but clearly identifiable by the attached donkey ears and worn out inscription of the word “dunce”, Jean holds his book […]

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The deadly nature of fashion

This April, the Fashioned from Nature exhibition opens at the V&A Museum in South Kensington, where it will explore the complex relationship between fashion and nature. Spanning four centuries, the exhibition will feature fashionable dress and textiles, natural history specimens, as well as key manufacturing processes, and it invites visitors to think about the materials […]

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Alvar Aalto – Bringing well-being to ‘the little man’

On St Mary’s Road in South London stands an exemplar of British Modernist architecture. Once the Pioneer Health Centre, it not only served as an experiment on preventative healthcare but also a social centre for working-class families. A photograph taken in its opening year of 1935 shows the children’s playground furnished with chairs and tables […]

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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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