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Schoolchildren help V&A redesign Museum of Childhood so they can learn through play

PUBLISHED: 18:00 03 October 2018

Schoolchildren from Globe Primary jump for joy at plans to revamp Bethnal Green's famous Museum of Childhood, pictured with museum director Rhian Harris. Picture: Ken mears

Schoolchildren from Globe Primary jump for joy at plans to revamp Bethnal Green's famous Museum of Childhood, pictured with museum director Rhian Harris. Picture: Ken mears

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Plans have been unveiled today to revamp the east London’s famous Museum of Childhood to inspire future generations with activities to spark creative skills through play.

Pupils from Globe Primary help V&A with plans to redesign Museum of Childhood. Picture: Ken mearsPupils from Globe Primary help V&A with plans to redesign Museum of Childhood. Picture: Ken mears

Architects got ideas from children at Bethnal Green’s Globe and Bangabandhu primary schools for “immersive” galleries and learning studios in the Grade II-listed Victorian complex in Cambridge Heath Road.

V&A Museum director Tristram Hunt said: “This will fire imaginations and inspire future generations of artists, designers, architects and engineers.”

Designs on the drawing board include a kaleidoscope installation inspired by optical toys and re-landscaped outdoor play space to encourage interaction from the moment children arrive.

V&A director Tristram Hunt reveals plans to revamp Childhood museumV&A director Tristram Hunt reveals plans to revamp Childhood museum

The complex opened in 1872 as the Bethnal Green Museum also had praise from MP Rushanara Ali, who said: “This will help transform the life chances of children in a constituency with the highest levels of child poverty in the country.”

The “jewel in the V&A crown” has an exhibition during half-term on October 21, 23 and 24 to test public reaction to the plans.

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