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

Children from Globe Primary School celebrating the latest plans for the V&A Museum of Childhood's re

Children from Globe Primary School celebrating the latest plans for the V&A Museum of Childhood's redevelopment with Museum Director Rhian Harris. - Credit: Archant

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.

Children from Globe Primary School celebrating the latest plans for the V&A Museum of Childhood's re

Children from Globe Primary School celebrating the latest plans for the V&A Museum of Childhood's redevelopment with Museum Director Rhian Harris. - Credit: Archant

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.

Children from Globe Primary School celebrating the latest plans for the V&A Museum of Childhood's re

Children from Globe Primary School celebrating the latest plans for the V&A Museum of Childhood's redevelopment with Museum Director Rhian Harris. - Credit: Archant

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.”


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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.

V&A Museum of Childhood first opened in Cambridge Heath Road in 1872 as the Bethnal Green Museum

V&A Museum of Childhood first opened in Cambridge Heath Road in 1872 as the Bethnal Green Museum - Credit: Archant

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