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Our FE & HE sessions can help your students acquire new and transferable skills, knowledge, curiosity and understanding. With a range of sessions supporting students from post-16 levels through to post-graduate courses, we can support your teaching.

All our talks are delivered by members of the Museum learning team or expert colleagues, and are available at 11am, 12.30 and 2pm Monday – Friday.

Prices start from £40 for a 30-minute session (for groups of up to 30). Larger groups can be accommodated after 2pm – please email to discuss your visit. To book, please fill in the form here.

If you have suggestions for other areas where we can support your teaching, please email the Formal Learning Manager

The Social Construction of Childhood 30, 45 or 60 minutes

A two-part session comprising an illustrated talk and a hands-on object enquiry session. The images, mainly drawn from the V&A’s Collection, illuminate changing attitudes to aspects of childhood over the past 600 years, including clothing, play, gender roles and childhood mortality. The session can be tailored to focus on any one of these aspects if required.

The object enquiry session explores objects and media related to modern childhood, inspiring discussion around the themes of the talk. It offers opportunities for students to draw on their own experiences of childhood and to relate their learning to our galleries.

Appropriate for groups studying A-level sociology; university groups studying sociology, social work, early childhood studies, gender studies, education studies or related interdisciplinary studies; PGCE sociology students.

The Importance of Play 30, 45 or 60 minutes

A short illustrated talk based on some of the developmental play items in the Museum’s collections followed by a hands-on session exploring the role of adults in play. Objects drawn from our unique collection support the learning outcomes of play with reference to the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation.
Appropriate for groups studying BTEC qualifications in children’s care, learning and development; City & Guilds; CACHE and other childcare qualifications; universities studying education, early childhood studies and related disciplines. Depending on the length of talk booked and the focus of the group, this can include a brief history of play and pedagogy.

How children learn in museums 60 minutes

An introduction to the resources and experiences that museums can offer, combined with practical suggestions for preparations for learning outside the classrooms.
Appropriate for ITT students and other trainee teachers; NQTs; teaching assistants; home educators and other groups interested in learning in alternative educational settings.

The Architecture of Play NEW for 2018. 90 minutes, £115
The streets of the East End took the brunt of bombing in the Blitz. Post-war slum clearances, the rise of ‘streets in the sky’ and high-density building projects changed the face of the East End and how children played.
Using the streets of Bethnal Green and images from the V&A Museum of Childhood’s archive, this new session explores how outdoor play has changed since 1945.

The Birth of the Museum of Childhood NEW for 2018, 45 minutes, £59
The history of the V&A Museum of Childhood begins with Prince Albert’s Great Exhibition. Discover how we came to be in Bethnal Green, the story of the building and the journey from arts and science to the unique childhood collections we hold today. This illustrated talk explores the origins of museum education and children as an audience in their own right.


V&A Museum of Childhood
Bethnal Green

The Museum is open daily from 10.00 to 17.45 in Bethnal Green, London.

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