Art Talks – V&A Museum of Childhood
On Friday 2nd March from 10:30 to 12:00 we will be visiting the V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green, London E2.
This museum, founded in 1872, has over the years housed a wide and varied display including; animals, food, exhibits from the Great Exhibition, French 18th Century paintings and then after the First World War it also focused on local manufacturing skills including silk-weaving, shoe-making and furniture making.
Now this museum, which due to its iron structure has the unusual feel of a railway station, contains the largest collection of childhood objects in the United Kingdom. The mission of the Museum of Childhood is “To enable everyone, especially the young, to explore and enjoy the designed world, in particular objects made for and by children.”
Within our small groups, we too shall explore this collection of moving toys with springs and cogs, circuits and motors. Toys that can be pushed or pulled, puppets and miniature houses. So here we are reminded of the significance of childhood play and its connections to the modern computerised world in which we now live. At about 11:30 we will gather for a drink and light snack to discuss what we have seen and share some new vocabulary and expressions.
The next Art Talks will be on Thursday 19th April from 10:30 to 12:00 at the Museum of London, London EC2.