Search

Pupils’ confiscated goods go on display at Museum of Childhood

PUBLISHED: 15:57 30 October 2013

A cabinet of goods collected from classrooms going on display in the exhibition at the V&A Museum of Childhood

A cabinet of goods collected from classrooms going on display in the exhibition at the V&A Museum of Childhood

Archant

Confiscated objects - ranging from pea-shooters to make up - taken from school pupils are to be put on display in a new exhibition.

Artist and teacher Guy Tarrant has collected an array of goods from naughty boys and girls over the course of 15 years teaching in schools across London.

The items are now set to be displayed in an eight month exhibition at Bethnal Green’s V&A Museum of Childhood.

Among the objects which will give the public a rare peak into life in the classroom are homemade games, jewellery and improvised missiles – as well as the obligatory pea shooter.

Toy guns, colourful plastic toys and decorated pieces of paper also feature heavily.

Guy, who has been an artist since 1987, said they represent a unique insight into the “elaborate lives of young people”.

“Since qualifying as a teacher my art practice has concentrated specifically on school pupil interactions involving play and resistant behaviours,” he said.

“The objects in the cabinets evidence playful activities that reject and evade rules, activities that are impulsive, free and with a touch of danger.”

The exhibition promises to captivate parents and children alike, as it offers a glimpse into the enduring mischievous side of pupils during their school years.

It features objects collected by teachers from more than 150 of London’s schools by Guy and other teachers.

The exhibition, at the museum in Cambridge Heath Road, opens on Saturday, November 9, and will run until June next year. For more information, visit www.museumofchildhood.org.uk

Latest East London News Stories

38 minutes ago

A call for the chair of the controversial Island Heath Trust to resign has been made publicly by the Mayor of Tower Hamlets.

14:49

A call for more drastic measures to stop acid attacks than the government is prepared to undertake has been made in a joint campaign by both the Mayor of Tower Hamlets and East Ham’s MP.

Police have released CCTV footage which shows a burglary suspect trying to kick in the front door of a property on the Isle of Dogs.

11:46

A mother has been attacked in front of her children after experiencing a torrent of racial abuse on a Tube train.

09:07

Rubbish is on the mayor of Tower Hamlets’ agenda to sort out what happens to the weekly council bin collections.

08:00

Catfish and the Bottlemen are the final headline act to be announced for the new All Points East festival in Victoria Park this summer.

Yesterday, 17:53

Dashing to the top of this 42-storey City tower could help nearly 2,000 families registered homeless in Tower Hamlets who are in temporary accommodation.

Yesterday, 16:09

A Poplar seaman’s charity has received surplus food from a supermarket chain to help feed those in need.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now