What is the V&A Museum of Childhood?
‘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, spanning the 1600s to the present day. ‘ – Museum of Childhood
This museum houses and displays a large collection children related artefacts – This includes clothing, paintings, toys, educational tools, and puzzles.
Items are juxtaposed in and interesting way with one example being an English rocking horse dating from around 1605, displayed next to more contemporary designs. Thee displays allows the visitors to gain an understanding on how childhood has developed as well as the difference between classes and socio-economic situations.
I remember visiting this museum as a child in the old location, so I thought I would visit it briefly to see what it was like now. The collections were nicely separated and my favourite categories were the dolls and doll houses. This is not to say the other sections weren’t interesting or varied.
I think the layout of the museum was very clear – If you looked past the running and screaming children that acted as barriers. I realise that this is a museum that concerns childhood and children so consequently a lot of children would go visit either with their parents or as part of a trip… But it was so noisy…
I did not like the building so much, but I suppose this is because I prefer older and grander museums. However again considering that mothers with pushchairs would be a common occurrence the layout and building is perfectly convenient.