A Treasured Collection at the V&A's Museum of Childhood in London

By Culture24 Reporter | 13 March 2013

Exhibition preview: A Treasured Collection, Museum of Childhood, London, until September 1 2013

A photo of a small black and white portrait of a child inside a box on top of a rug
© Museum of Childhood
A community exhibition full of curious and inspiring exhibits, this show features some of the objects assembled under the thoughtful watch of West London collector Mary Kempson during the 1980s and 1990s.

Curators have reunited Kempson's finds from across the museum collections, embellishing them with photographs and quotes to create a picture of bygone family life.

The piece is part of an installation of “mini museums”. They include the work of Jasleen Kaur, who’s interested in eschewing cultural boundaries and subversion, and Jason Singh, a beatboxer who’s made an innovative sound collection.

The theme of the display is the subjectivity of value, pondering the commonality of keepsakes and the way the things we assemble reflect our past, future and the importance we afford to memories.

Visit the Recollections blog to find out more.

  • Open 10am-5.45pm. Admission free. Follow the museum on Twitter @MuseumChildhood.
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