Had anything confiscated at school in last 30 years? It’s on show at Museum of Childhood

Kids who get stuff confiscated at school by teacher soon get the chance to see the booty—on public display in a museum.

Kids who get stuff confiscated at school by teacher soon get the chance to see the booty — on public display in a museum.

Teacher and artist Guy Tarrant is putting items removed from pupils on show, appropriately, at Bethnal Green’s Museum of Childhood, in London’s East End.

His ‘Confiscation Cabinets’ exhibition opening November 9 has eight large display frames with a collection of items from children from 150 primary and secondary schools over 30 years.

These include computer games and fashion accessories, cult toys, makeshift weapons, personal notes and keepsakes.


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Tarrant has investigated pupil interaction, play and resistant behaviour since qualifying as a teacher.

The objects on show highlight mischievous and distracted behaviour played out in the controlled school setting where children spend most their interactive lives.

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They are evidence of the pupils’ playful and impulsive activities and how they may reject or evade school rules.

The exhibition at the V&A Museum of Childhood in Cambridge Heath Road opens daily from November 9 at 10am till 5.45pm, admission free (last admission 5.30pm), running till June next year. Tube: Bethnal Green.

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