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Let us help you bring the National Curriculum, exam specs or college courses to life through our inspiring sessions.

Facilitated & Spotlight Sessions are now fully booked but we still have availability for self-guided visits. Please fill in and return the booking form if you would like to have a self-guided experience and send it to us at Why not use the resources available here to support your learning?

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Please note, from 31 March 2020 we will not be accepting bookings for school visits until 2022, due to a major ongoing transformation of the museum. Further details on when bookings will reopen will be announced in due course.

Our secondary school and college sessions provide practical hands-on experiences and useful insights into children’s play. Supported by objects from our unique childhood collection, your students are encouraged to make links between their own knowledge and experiences and the issues impacting children and childhood today. Most of our sessions can be differentiated from KS4 through to university level.

Unless otherwise stated, charges for these sessions are as follows:
30 minutes: £40
45 minutes: £60
60 minutes: £78

Secondary sessions are available at 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm. All session bookings include a slot in our lunch room plus an opportunity to explore the Museum’s galleries to extend your learning.

If you’d prefer to design your own learning experience, self-guided visits are free. Your students can explore two floors of galleries as well as our temporary exhibitions.

Request a slot in our lunch room when you book (subject to availability) or make use of our lawns if the weather permits.

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KS 3 mini-project: Oracy at the museum £150 per group of 30 students, 10.30am – 2pm

Oracy is increasingly recognised as a vital skill for life in the 21st century. Help your students build these skills in a two-part session inspired by the museum’s galleries and collections. Your first visit will comprise an object handling session and an introduction to the galleries, as well as research and presentation skills.

They’ll be practising purposeful writing as experts back at school, and on their second visit their hard work will culminate in ‘tour guide’ presentations to real audiences at the museum.

KS3 and up: Board Games by Design, 90 mins, £100

Be inspired by images and objects from the museum’s games collection, delve into the history and mechanics of famous board games and explore how science, maths and visual art have influenced their design and development.

In the second part of the session, your students will use their new knowledge as inspiration to design their own games.

KS4 and above: Social Construction of Childhood 30, 45 or 60 minutes

Explore images of childhood from the museum’s own art collection, and then work in small groups using objects from the learning collection. Linked provocations inspire lively discussion, and students will have the opportunity to present their conclusions to their peers. This session can be differentiated for courses from BTEC to post-graduate level

KS4 and above: The Importance of Play 30, 45 or 60 minutes

What makes a good toy? Why do children need to play? Do they need to be taught how to play? What can they learn? This talk explores the history of learning through play, some of the key influencers in this field, and culminates in a hands-on activity exploring the role of the adult in play.

Referencing the EYFS Statutory Framework, this talk can be used to support studies of Health and Social Care, Children’s Care, Learning and Development, ITT, Education Studies, and childcare qualifications. The focus on child as user also has relevance for the new Design and Technology curriculum.

KS4 and above: Building Bethnal Green 90 minutes, £115

From the slum clearances of the 19th century to the devastation of the Blitz and post-war ‘streets in the sky’ projects, the architects of Bethnal Green have sought to meet the changing needs of the population. This walk, followed by an illustrated talk in the museum, explores how the urban landscape has changed over the past 130 years.

Universities: The Birth of the V&A Museum of Childhood 45 minutes, £59

The history of the V&A Museum of Childhood begins with Prince Albert’s Great Exhibition. Discover how the museum arrived in Bethnal Green, the story of the building and our 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.

Teacher CPD/ITT

Not sure how to use the V&A Museum of Childhood to support your curriculum? Our extensive collection is relevant to art and design, design technology, English, citizenship and PSHE as well as history. We can offer bespoke full or half day INSET or twilight sessions to suit you, delivered at the Museum or at your school. To discuss options, please email

We are also happy to work with ITT providers and teaching alliances on how to work with museums, using our extensive learning collection to explore learning through objects and the value of learning outside the classroom.


At the V&A Museum of Childhood we want to create an exciting, engaging experience for all our visitors, including students with special educational needs and disabilities. Our popular Museum Quiet Days run termly, offering an opportunity to experience the museum in a calmer environment. Students can take part in drop-in art and craft activities, explore the galleries or book onto a 20-minute themed sensory workshop.
For more information on our Quiet Day programme, email

Additional booking information for schools

Our school sessions are very popular, so we are no longer able to make provisional bookings. Please check your school diary before sending a booking form, as once your session is confirmed charges apply as follows for all cancellations or alterations to school sessions.
• If you have to cancel/alter your activity but give over 8 weeks’ notice: £20 per session
• If you have to cancel/alter your activity but give 4 – 8 weeks’ notice: £40 per session
• If you have to cancel/alter your activity but give less than 4 weeks’ notice: £78 per session
• If your school fails to arrive on the booked date of your activity: £100 per session

All cancellations must be confirmed in writing, so please email us on as well as calling us on 020 8983 5205 at the earliest opportunity. This will allow us to offer the sessions to other schools.

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Exhibition - Jan von Holleben – Picture This!

Jan von Holleben – Picture This!

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