V&A Museum of Childhood

V&A Museum of Childhood
Cambridge Heath Road
Bethnal Green
Greater London
E2 9PA
England

Website

www.museumofchildhood.org.uk

E-mail

moc@vam.ac.uk

Telephone

020 8983 5200

Fax

020 8983 5225

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V&A Museum of Childhood
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Welcoming over 400,000 visitors through its doors every year, the V&A Museum of Childhood in London's Bethnal Green houses the Victoria and Albert Museum's collection of childhood-related objects and artefacts, from the 1600s to the present day.

The collection features toys - including dolls, dolls' houses, puppets and teddy bears - games, childcare, clothing, furniture and art and photography. In addition, the Museum runs a dynamic programme of temporary exhibitions and displays, a wide variety of activities, events and workshops for adults and families, outreach projects in hospitals and the local community, and an award-winning programme for schools.

The Museum aims to encourage everyone to explore the themes of childhood past and present, and to develop an appreciation of creative design through our inspirational collections and varied public programme.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Monday-Sunday 10.00-17.45

Closed: 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January

Admission charges

Admission free

Additional info

To book an event or teaching session, call 020 8983 5205 or email mocbookings@vam.ac.uk

The Museum of Childhood houses the UK's largest collection of toys including dolls, dolls' houses, puppets, games, optical toys and automata.

It also has a significant children's costume and nursery equipment collection. Its collection dates from the 16th century to the present day.

Collection details

Costume and Textiles, Toys and Hobbies

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Killer Cabinet - kitchen detail of dolls' house

Small Stories: At Home in a Dolls' House

  • 13 December 2014 — 6 September 2015 *on now

The V&A Museum of Childhood’s major 2014-15 exhibition Small Stories: At home in a dolls’ house will reveal the fascinating stories behind some of the UK’s best-loved dolls’ houses.

Through the stories of 12 dolls’ houses from the past 300 years, visitors will be taken on a journey through the history of the home, everyday lives and changing family relationships. The small stories of each house will be brought to life by the characters that live or work there.

Day-to-day life will be illuminated through tales of marriages and parties, politics and crime. Each house will be displayed at a particular time of day and visitors can use buttons alongside the showcases to activate the narration and light up each character as they talk.

The exhibition encompasses country mansions, the Georgian town house, suburban villas, newly-built council estates and high-rise apartments. Displayed chronologically, the houses will also show developments in architecture and design.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/moc/exhibitions/small-stories-at-home-in-a-dolls-house/

Girl from Craica, Romania, copyright Yvonne de Rosa

Hidden Identities Unfinished

  • 20 December 2014 — 28 June 2015 *on now

This display of photographs by Yvonne de Rosa examines the lives of children and families living under adverse conditions in Bosnia and Romania. The project was the result of a collaboration with Hope and Homes for Children, an international charity that works to prevent the breakdown of families and to ensure children grow up in a loving environment.

"Hidden Identities Unfinished powerfully demonstrates the strength of character the children have developed. Their sense of personal pride, community spirit and human kindness is to be celebrated and respected" - Sam Taylor Wood, director and artist.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/moc/exhibitions-and-displays/hidden-identities-unfinished/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
It's My Party...

It's My Party...

  • 20 September 2014 — 5 July 2015 *on now

We all have birthdays, but how we mark the passing years is very personal. Some people do not acknowledge them or choose to share an intimate gathering with a few friends or family, whilst others throw enormous, extravagant theme parties.

Whether you are a party animal or prefer to avoid the limelight, does it feel like the expectations of children's birthday parties have escalated out of control? Does expense and scale necessarily equal the best' party or are there less indulgent ways of making birthdays special, memorable events?

Artists and children from Rushmore Primary School Hackney, and St John's Primary School Tower Hamlets, have collaborated to create the installation 'Wilfred's Party', a party with a difference.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/moc/article/its-my-party/

Hooked - crocheted owls

Hooked! Crochet Circle

  • 4 February 2015 2-4pm
  • 25 February 2015 2-4pm
  • 4 March 2015 2-4pm
  • 11 March 2015 2-4pm
  • 18 March 2015 2-4pm
  • 25 March 2015 2-4pm
  • 15 April 2015 2-4pm
  • 22 April 2015 2-4pm
  • 29 April 2015 2-4pm

Crochet is cool! Come and join our friendly, informal crochet circle in the Museum cafe, and try your hand at making your own crocheted creation.

Hooked is suitable for all levels of ability from novices to pro's. Don't worry if you've never crocheted before - we will help you learn. Some hooks and wool will be available, but please bring your own materials along.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/moc/events/hooked!-crochet-circle/

Romp and Roll

Romp and Roll

  • 31 January 2015 11-11:45am
  • 7 February 2015 11-11:45am
  • 21 February 2015 11-11:45am
  • 28 February 2015 11-11:45am
  • 7 March 2015 11-11:45am
  • 14 March 2015 11-11:45am
  • 21 March 2015 11-11:45am
  • 28 March 2015 11-11:45am

Bust a move in these fun, playful dance sessions for toddlers and their carers, led by Adrenalinedance.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6

Admission

£3 per child (pay on the day). For ages 2-5

Website

http://www.museumofchildhood.org.uk/whats-on/events-and-activities/romp-and-roll

Killer Cabinet Dolls’ House, England, 1835-1838

Small Stories Breakfast Tours

  • 5 February 2015 9-10:30am
  • 5 March 2015 9-10:30am

An exclusive viewing and guided tour of our exhibition Small Stories: At Home in a Dolls' House, and extra dolls' house treasures from the Museum's world-class collection. Enjoy special access before the Museum is open to the public then a breakfast of tea, coffee and pastries in the Museum cafe.

Accommodates groups of between 10 and 20 people. Cancellation fees apply.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£15 per person / For adults / Book now

To book call 020 8983 5205 or email mocbookings@vam.ac.uk. Bookings line open Monday to Friday, 8.30-16.30.

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/moc/events/small-stories-breakfast-tour/

London Children's Bookswap logo

London Children's Book Swap

  • 14 February 2015 11am-4pm

Are you hungry for stories? Looking for a new adventure? Swap your old books for new favourites at London Children’s Book Swap.

Last year over 2,000 children’s books were swapped at family friendly venues across London in a day of free activities and events. Join us for the fourth London Children’s Book Swap.

Later, join the crafts people from London Centre for Book Arts and Make a beautiful book for someone you love

Free / For all ages / Drop in

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/moc/events/london-childrens-book-swap/

Hopkinson dolls' house, England, 1980s-1990s

February Half Term: Miniature Worlds

  • 16 — 20 February 2015

Discover a miniature world, inspired by the Small Stories exhibition, where everything has shrunk! Hunt for little people, create tiny tea-time treats and mini rooms, and try on costumes that make you small.

Story-telling
10.30, 11.15, 12.00
(Except 19 February)

Tiny Tea
10.30 – 12.15
Its tea time in the tiny world of the doll’s house and you need to make the tea. Craft some imaginary tea-time treats for your little guests.

Doll’s House Dressing Up
11.00 – 16.00
Try on costumes inspired by characters from our Small Stories exhibition and enter a world where you might suddenly feel very tiny.

Art Smarts
14.00 – 16.00
(Except 19 February)
Create a tiny match-box room to fit into your pocket.

Free / Drop in / All ages

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/moc/events/miniature-worlds

Miniature Books

February Half Term: Miniature Book-Making Workshops

  • 16 February 2015 10:30-11:30am, 11:45am-12:45pm, 2-3pm, 3:15-4:15pm
  • 17 February 2015 10:30-11:30am, 11:45am-12:45pm, 2-3pm, 3:15-4:15pm
  • 18 February 2015 10:30-11:30am, 11:45am-12:45pm, 2-3pm, 3:15-4:15pm
  • 19 February 2015 10:30-11:30am, 11:45am-12:45pm, 2-3pm, 3:15-4:15pm
  • 20 February 2015 10:30-11:30am, 11:45am-12:45pm, 2-3pm, 3:15-4:15pm

Monday 16 - Friday 20 February
10.30, 11.45, 14.00 and 15.15

Inspired by the tiny tomes in the Small Stories exhibition, join the craftspeople from London Centre for Book Arts to make your own miniature book.

Each workshop will last 60 minutes.


To book call 020 8983 5205 or email mocbookings@vam.ac.uk. Bookings line open Monday to Friday, 8.30-16.30.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

£5 per child (with a parent/carer) / Ages 5-12 / Book now as places are limited

Website

http://•http://www.vam.ac.uk/moc/events/miniature-book-making

Miniature Furniture

February Half Term: Miniature Furniture

  • 16 February 2015 11:30am-12:30pm, 12:45-1:45pm, 2:45-3:45pm, 4-5pm
  • 17 February 2015 11:30am-12:30pm, 12:45-1:45pm, 2:45-3:45pm, 4-5pm
  • 18 February 2015 11:30am-12:30pm, 12:45-1:45pm, 2:45-3:45pm, 4-5pm
  • 20 February 2015 11:30am-12:30pm, 12:45-1:45pm, 2:45-3:45pm, 4-5pm

Join 3D artist Sara Byers to explore the tiny rooms in the Small Stories exhibition and create your own bespoke piece of miniature furniture.

Each workshop will last 60 minutes.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£5 per child (with a parent/carer) / Ages 5-12 / Book now as places are limited

To book call 020 8983 5205 or email mocbookings@vam.ac.uk. Bookings line open Monday to Friday, 8.30-16.30.

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/moc/events/miniature-furniture/

Hopkinson Dolls' House, England, 1980s-1990s

February Half Term: Miniature Wallpaper Workshops

  • 16 February 2015 11:15am-12:15pm, 12:30-1:30pm, 2:30-3:30pm, 3:45-4:45pm
  • 17 February 2015 11:15am-12:15pm, 12:30-1:30pm, 2:30-3:30pm, 3:45-4:45pm
  • 18 February 2015 11:15am-12:15pm, 12:30-1:30pm, 2:30-3:30pm, 3:45-4:45pm
  • 20 February 2015 11:15am-12:15pm, 12:30-1:30pm, 2:30-3:30pm, 3:45-4:45pm

Work with print-maker Ling Chiu to create a gorgeous piece of miniature wallpaper inspired by our wonderful dolls' house interiors.

Each workshop will last 60 minutes.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£5 per child (with a parent/carer) / Ages 5-12 / Book now as places are limited

To book call 020 8983 5205 or email mocbookings@vam.ac.uk. Bookings line open Monday to Friday, 8.30-16.30.

Website

http://•http://www.vam.ac.uk/moc/events/miniature-wallpaper-workshop

Chinese New Year

February Half Term: Chinese New Year

  • 19 February 2015 10:30am-4:45pm

Chinese Shadow Firecracker
10.00-12.00, 13.30-16.00

Make a Chinese shadow puppet to help tell the story of the New Year Monster.

Free / All ages / Drop in

Chinese New Year Performances
10.45, 12.00, 14.15, 15.30, 16.15

Yellow Earth Theatre Company want to tell you the exciting story of the New Year Monster but they need your help! Bring your puppet along and join in.

Each performance will last 20 minutes.

Free / Ages 4+ / Sign up on the day - places are limited

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/moc/events/chinese-new-year/

Paper Houses

Spring Holidays: Paper Houses

  • 28 March — 10 April 2015

Play with paper this holiday and unfold a world of paper houses, cardboard dens and disposable costumes. Turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Story-telling
10.30, 11.15, 12.00

Cardboard City
11.00 – 16.00
Play in a world of cardboard boxes and use your imagination to create dens, houses, streets and spaces.

Art Smarts
14.00 – 16.00
Take an ordinary paper bag and turn it into a magical house-bag to carry away.

Free / Drop in / All ages

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/moc/events/spring-holidays-paper-houses/

Paper Light House

Spring Holidays: Paper Light House Workshops

  • 30 March 2015 11:15am-12:15pm, 12:30-1:30pm, 2:30-3:30pm, 3:45-4:45pm
  • 31 March 2015 11:15am-12:15pm, 12:30-1:30pm, 2:30-3:30pm, 3:45-4:45pm
  • 1 April 2015 11:15am-12:15pm, 12:30-1:30pm, 2:30-3:30pm, 3:45-4:45pm
  • 2 April 2015 11:15am-12:15pm, 12:30-1:30pm, 2:30-3:30pm, 3:45-4:45pm
  • 3 April 2015 11:15am-12:15pm, 12:30-1:30pm, 2:30-3:30pm, 3:45-4:45pm
  • 6 April 2015 11:15am-12:15pm, 12:30-1:30pm, 2:30-3:30pm, 3:45-4:45pm
  • 7 April 2015 11:15am-12:15pm, 12:30-1:30pm, 2:30-3:30pm, 3:45-4:45pm
  • 8 April 2015 12:15pm, 12:30-1:30pm, 2:30-3:30pm, 3:45-4:45pm
  • 9 April 2015 11:15am-12:15pm, 12:30-1:30pm, 2:30-3:30pm, 3:45-4:45pm
  • 10 April 2015 11:15am-12:15pm, 12:30-1:30pm, 2:30-3:30pm, 3:45-4:45pm

Make an illustrated paper house which can be transformed into a glowing light, with illustrator Frances Barry.

Each workshop will last 60 minutes.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Admission

£5 per child (with a parent/carer) / Ages 5-12 / Book now as places are limited

To book call 020 8983 5205 or email mocbookings@vam.ac.uk. Bookings line open Monday to Friday, 8.30-16.30.

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/moc/events/spring-holidays-paper-light-house-workshops/

The Skeleton Pirate

Spring Holidays: Make Small Stories of Your Own Workshops

  • 30 March 2015 11am-12:45pm, 1-2:15pm, 2:45-4pm
  • 31 March 2015 11am-12:45pm, 1-2:15pm, 2:45-4pm
  • 1 April 2015 11am-12:45pm, 1-2:15pm, 2:45-4pm
  • 2 April 2015 11am-12:45pm, 1-2:15pm, 2:45-4pm
  • 3 April 2015 11am-12:45pm, 1-2:15pm, 2:45-4pm
  • 6 April 2015 11am-12:45pm, 1-2:15pm, 2:45-4pm
  • 7 April 2015 11am-12:45pm, 1-2:15pm, 2:45-4pm
  • 8 April 2015 11am-12:45pm, 1-2:15pm, 2:45-4pm
  • 9 April 2015 11am-12:45pm, 1-2:15pm, 2:45-4pm
  • 10 April 2015 11am-12:45pm, 1-2:15pm, 2:45-4pm

Make a picture book with award-winning picture book author and illustrator, David Lucas. Children and parents can can both enjoy creating a unique character and story of their own, inspired by the Small Stories exhibition. David will show you how to turn your ideas into stories, and how to turn those stories into books!

Each workshop will last 75 minutes.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Admission

£5 per child (with a parent/carer) / Ages 5-12 / Book now as places are limited

To book call 020 8983 5205 or email mocbookings@vam.ac.uk. Bookings line open Monday to Friday, 8.30-16.30.

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/moc/events/make-small-stories-of-your-own/

Cabinet of Curiosity

Spring Holidays: Paper House by Cabinet of Curiosity

  • 3 — 10 April 2015

A pop-up paper performance orchestrated by artists from Cabinet of Curiosity who, with your help, will turn an everyday material into an extraordinary Paper House installation.

Free / All ages / Drop in

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/moc/events/paper-house-performances/

Library (A Recent Plan) by Liberty Art Fabrics Interiors

Dolls' House Study Day

  • 18 April 2015 9am-4pm

Explore the interplay between dolls' house interiors and decorative design at this special study day. Talks from expert speakers will include:

•Patricia Ferguson, Ceramics Advisor to the National Trust, will bring to life the splendour of 18th century Baby Houses, and reveal the stories of the people who decorated them.

•Emma Mawston, Head of Design at Liberty Interiors, will share her love of dolls’ houses, and tell how they inspired Liberty’s new interiors collection.

There will also be a chance to enjoy a tour of the Small Stories exhibition, hear from curator Alice Sage and gain exclusive access to the Museum's dolls' house collections.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£50 per person (£45 concession), includes pastry breakfast / For adults / Book now

To book call 020 8983 5205 or email mocbookings@vam.ac.uk. Bookings line open Monday to Friday, 8.30-16.30.

Lunch is not included in the ticket price, but ticket holders can claim 10% discount in our benugo cafe.

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/moc/events/dolls-house-study-day/

St George's Day

St George's Day

  • 25 April 2015 11am-4:30pm

Come and discover the delights of English folk music and dance traditions, and take part in arts and crafts. Enjoy performances by the Becontree Brass Band, Cecil Sharp House Choir and others.

In partnership with London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Free / All ages / Drop in

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/moc/events/st-georges-day/

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Create a Kaleidoscope

http://www.vam.ac.uk/vastatic/microsites/moc_kaleidoscope/

A kaleidoscope is an optical toy invented in 1817, which used coloured glass and mirrors to create patterns. Have a go at building an online version for yourself using toys from the museum.

Family Films

http://www.vam.ac.uk/moc/whats_on/events_workshops_and_courses/family_films/index.html

Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green is showing a family friendly movie on the second Saturday of every month at 10.30 as part of their brand new Family Films screenings.

How to obtain

Admission is free for adults and kids - just drop in.

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