Museum of Childhood Open daily 10.00 to 17.45 Admission free Menu

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Students can acquire new and transferable skills, knowledge, curiosity and inspiration from our extensive programme of activities and events.


For students in Further, Higher, or Postgraduate Education and NQTs we provide the following talks, led by a member of the formal learning team.

The Social Construction of Childhood

Appropriate for: A-level sociology students; university students of Sociology, Social Work, Early Childhood Studies, Gender Studies, Education Studies or any related Interdisciplinary Studies which focus on childhood as a construct; PGCE Sociology students.

This is a two-part session beginning with an illustrated talk using images of childhood, (mainly from the V&A Collection) which illuminate changing attitudes to various aspects of childhood over 6 centuries, including: clothing, play, gender roles and childhood mortality. Any one of these aspects can be emphasised, according to the focus of the particular group.

In the second part, the students will be split up into small groups for a hands-on session with objects relating to modern childhood from the learning collection and linked enquiry questions to inspire discussion as the students use the objects to suggest answers.

The Importance of Play for Young Children

Appropriate for: groups studying BTEC qualifications in Children’s Care, Learning and Development, City & Guilds, CACHE and other childcare qualifications; university students of Education Studies and Early Childhood Studies.

This is a two-part session beginning with a short illustrated talk based on the Museum’s collections. Depending on the length of talk booked and the focus of the group, this can include a brief history of play and pedagogy. The talk is followed by a hands-on session where, using a carousel of activities taken from the Museum’s Early Years teaching session, students explore the role of the adult and the learning outcomes for child play, with reference to the Statutory Framework.

How Children Learn in Museums

Appropriate for: Trainee teachers, NQTs, teaching assistants, home educators and any other groups interested in learning in alternative settings.

An introduction to the resources and experiences that museums can offer, combined with practical suggestions for preparation for learning outside the classroom.

Sessions take place in the Clore Learning Centre at 14.00, for groups of up to 30 students, and at 14.30 for larger groups
30, 45 or 60 minutes
£40, £60 or £75 for groups of up to 30. Larger groups can be accommodated on request. 

To book

Contact our Learning Administrator on 020 8983 5205 or email

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

30 March – 2 September 2018. The 20th century’s most iconic and influential Nordic designs for children, from BRIO to LEGO, Marimekko and the Moomins have been brought together for the first time in this stunning new exhibition.

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Summer Festival 2018

Sunday 22 July. The Museum’s annual summer festival returns, whatever the weather, with a colourful mix of live entertainment right on your doorstep.

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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