Gifts from the public are central to building our collection and we are very grateful for all offers of donations.
We are currently reviewing our existing collections at the Museum of Childhood, ahead of a redevelopment that we are planning for our galleries. During this period, we wanted to flag that we won’t be accepting additional objects, and also won’t be replying to offers made by email, letter, or telephone, in case you are trying to contact us about donations.
Thank you for all your support, and we will let you know once our review is complete. If you wish to donate items to a museum, we would recommend that you contact Sudbury Hall, the National Trust’s Museum of Childhood, or a local museum if that object has a strong local connection.
For more information, contact the collections team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can sometimes give advice about your objects, but we cannot give valuations. We recommend you contact a specialist auction house for up-to-date valuations and advice.
The Museum’s library, archive and reserve collections are accessible to view by appointment in our Reading Room. Please check our online catalogues and Search the Collections site to identify what you would like to see, or ask us for advice. Please contact us for upcoming dates.
Do you lend objects for handling / plays / films?
Museum objects are not lent for handling purposes.
Are there other Museums of Childhood?
There are two other major Museums of Childhood in Britain, one in Edinburgh and one at Sudbury Hall in Derbyshire. Several local authority museums also have childhood collections.
Why are all your objects in cases?
Objects are displayed in cases in order to protect them. There are several hands-on interactives that complement the displays. The Moving Toys Gallery has touch screens where you can see some of the toys moving.
Can I take photographs / sketch in the galleries?
Yes, snapshot photographs and sketching are permitted in the Galleries. Please ask first before taking photographs or sketching objects in the temporary exhibitions, as some of the objects do not belong to the Museum.
Can you explain a bit about the Museum’s archives?
The V&A Museum of Childhood holds a number of archive collections relating to different aspects of childhood. These include material from children’s clothing, toy manufacturers and from individuals involved in the toy industry, as well as collections relating to schools and education. The archives are currently in the process of being fully catalogued. For more information about the archive collections and how to access them, visit Archives.