Collecting Childhood Blog

by Editor on 2nd January 2012

My name is Alice Sage and I’m Assistant Curator at the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green.

As well as curating exhibitions and looking after the thousands of objects in our care, the Collections team at the Museum deal with hundreds of enquiries every year from researchers, collectors, and interested visitors. We also acquire objects that add to our understanding of childhood. In the course of our work, we learn more about our collection, and even unearth stories from the Museum’s past.

In this blog, I explore the stories of objects and people in our collection of childhood.

Latest from the Museum of Childhood

Small Stories Blog

Small Stories Blog

by Alice Sage on 1st September 2014

Though I haven’t ceased collecting childhood, over the last year my efforts at the Museum have been concentrated on the miniature world of dolls’ houses...

A Photographer's Childhood

A Photographer's Childhood

by Alice Sage on 12th November 2013

Among the many beautiful and intriguing objects welcomed into the Museum's collection, a recent gift of more than 150 photographs stands out...

Plum Jam and Slapstick: Lionel Hemsley's School Days

Plum Jam and Slapstick: Lionel Hemsley's School Days

by Alice Sage on 22nd July 2013

It is hard work finding evidence for the thoughts and feelings of children in the past. Letters and diaries rarely survive. However, this year I was delighted to meet Lionel Hemsley...

Star-Gazing Girls of Georgian England

Star-Gazing Girls of Georgian England

by Alice Sage on 8th March 2013

A while ago I came across this Solar System sampler in the Museum’s textiles store. It was uncanny – the arrangement of concentric rings was so familiar and immediately recognisable, but so strange when seen as a piece of Georgian embroidery....

Recollection

Recollection

by Alice Sage on 19th January 2013

Mary Kempson is a woman from west London who donated hundreds of things to the Museum in the 1980s and '90s...

Prizes, Punishments and Pupil Teachers

Prizes, Punishments and Pupil Teachers

by Alice Sage on 4th November 2012

This medal was won – or earned – by Lionel Lehman in 1903. It is not a School Board medal, but, like Denis Delay's medal, comes from a religious institution, the Westminster Jews Free School...

Seeing is Believing

Seeing is Believing

by Alice Sage on 22 August 2012

Intern Mara Bosboom from the Toy Museum in Deventer, the Netherlands talks the Museum's optical toy collections.

An Irish-Cockney Village in the East End

An Irish-Cockney Village in the East End

by Alice Sage on 12 August 2012

This medal was awarded to Ellen Delay, a pupil at St Patrick’s School, Wapping in 1900. It’s a bit different from the medals awarded by the School Board for London I wrote about before.

Never Absent, Never Late

Never Absent, Never Late

by Alice Sage on 21 July 2012

The British state first became seriously involved in the schooling of its citizens in 1870.

Child Education Magazine

Child Education Magazine

by Alice Sage on 26 June 2012

In May we were given seventy-five editions of Child Education Magazines from 1950 to 1975.

Gus Wood the Punch Professor

Gus Wood the Punch Professor

by Alice Sage on 22 May 2012

A few weekends ago, Punch and Judy performers from across the country gathered in Covent Garden to celebrate the 350 year anniversary of the first recorded puppet show in Britain to feature Mr Punch.

 

 

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