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Many of the Museum’s major exhibitions tour to venues both nationally and internationally.

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Small StoriesSmall Stories: At Home in a Dolls’ House

The V&A Museum of Childhood holds an internationally significant collection of dolls’ houses, representing homes and ways of living spanning three and a half centuries. The earliest is a child’s wardrobe in the shape of a house, dating from 1712; the most recent the Kaleidoscope post-modern family designer home designed by artists in 2001. This highly celebrated collection has never before been seen together outside of the Museum.

This exhibition will feature a selection of the Museum’s best-loved houses, including country mansions, the Georgian townhouse, surburban villas, social or public housing and high-rise apartments. It explores interior design, new technology, professions and family relationships, and considers the role of the domestic servant and the gendering of spaces and household roles. The exhibition also describes the evolution of the dolls’ house from a wealthy adult’s showpiece to a mass-produced child’s toy.

The exhibition will use family-friendly interpretation, audio-visual and lighting to bring the stories of the houses to life.
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Small Stories can be seen at the Museum of Childhood until 6 September 2015 and will tour internationally from autumn 2015.

Tour venues
National Building Museum, Washington DC, USA, 21 May 2016 – 15 January 2017
Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, 4 March – 25 June 2017
Weston Park Museum, Sheffield, 5 August 2017 – 7 January 2018
Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague, Czech Republic, 17 February 2018 – 13 June 2018

chess set

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Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered

Are you a Scrabble Champion? A wannabee Chess grandmaster? Or a Monopoly megalomaniac? Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered will celebrate the joy, excitement and occasional frustration of playing board games. This will exhibition include some of the most iconic, enthralling and visually striking games from the V&A’s outstanding national collection of board games. Alongside current family favourites such as Cluedo and Trivial Pursuit, and traditional games like chess, the exhibition will look at historical board games including The Game of the Goose and other beautifully designed games from the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Tour venues 

24 June 2017 – 1 October 2017                                          Maidstone Museum                               22 October 2017 – 25 February 2018                               Sea City Museum, Southampton         17 March – 1 July 2018                                                        The Novium, Chichester

Clangers, Bagpuss & Co

Come and meet Bagpuss, see the Soup Dragon and behold Noggin the Nog. Oliver
Postgate’s voice and Peter Firmin’s puppets shaped the childhood memories of millions since they started collaborating in the 1950s. As well as telling the story of Bagpuss and The Clangers, the exhibition will go behind the scenes of some of their other creations; Pogles Wood, Noggin the Nog and Ivor the Engine.

© SmallfilmsCome into the world of Smallfilms to discover original puppets, sets and filming equipment. See how characters developed, and learn how Oliver and Peter developed their stop-frame animation techniques.

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Tour venues
5 November 2016 – 22 January 2017                               Burton Art Gallery & Museum               4 February 2017 – 4 June 2017                                         River and Rowing Museum, Henley
17 June– 29 October 2017                                                  Ipswich Museum
11 November 2017–4 February 2018                                Sissinghurst Castle
10 February –29 April 2018                                              Wolverhampton Art Gallery
12 May –29 July 2018                                                          Ferens Art Gallery, Hull

© Smallfilms

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

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Exhibition - A Pirate’s Life for Me

20 October 2018 – 22 April 2019. The V&A Museum of Childhood’s first major exhibition to focus on fictional pirates and their influence in popular culture and imagination.

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Event - Big Fish Little Fish: Pirates Family Rave - SOLD OUT

Big Fish Little Fish: Pirates family rave

Saturday 26 January

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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