Museum of Childhood Open daily 10.00 to 17.45 Admission free Menu

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

Our secondary schools and colleges 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, 12.30 and 2pm and are delivered by members of the Museum Learning team. All session bookings include a slot in our lunch room and 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 exhibition spaces. 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 NEW for 2018-19. £150 per group of 30 students

Build your students’ oracy skills with this two-part session using 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 will 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.

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

Explore images of childhood through time from the Museum’s own art collection, and then work in small groups using objects from the learning collection. Linked enquiry questions inspire lively discussion and students are encouraged to present their conclusions to their peers.
Ideal for Sociology students, this session can be differentiated for BTEC, GCSE, A-level and above.

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

Why do children play? Do they need to be taught how to play? What can they learn? With reference to the Statutory Framework for the Early Years, this session comprises an illustrated talk looking at the history of learning through play, some of the key influences in this field, and a hands-on activity exploring the role of the adult in play.
Supporting studies of Health and Social Care; Children’s Care, Learning and Development; ITT; Education Studies; and childcare qualifications.

KS4 and above: 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.

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, 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. We offer sessions for students with SEND on Fridays, when our experienced SEND learning officer will work with you to ensure our sessions meet your students’ needs.

Activities can include handling toys, dressing up and turn-taking games, or take inspiration from our existing workshop offer, adapted to suit your pupils. All sessions will encourage children to build practical, visual, cognitive, and social and communication skills.

We are currently exploring funding for our popular Museum Quiet Days, so please keep an eye on our website for details and dates for this year or email

Hospital Outreach
“It was a wonderful morning and gave real pleasure to the children involved. They also engaged with the learning and LOVED it.” session evaluation, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, May 2018

Generous support from the BAND Trust means we can offer museum objects, toys and small-scale workshops to all London Hospital Schools, CAMHS units and alternative providers – free of charge! For more information, please email

Additional booking information for schools
Our school sessions are very popular, so we are no longer able to hold provisional bookings for more than 2 working days, after which the session/s will be released.

Charges apply as follows for 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.

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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