The Museum is currently collecting very little as we go through the process of reviewing our collection and formulating a new acquisitions strategy. At present new additions to the collection are restricted to objects for specific exhibitions or displays, and to ones that fill significant gaps in the collection. For more information, contact the collections team at Contact us.
The Museum does not purchase objects from private individuals.
The Museum does not borrow objects except for particular exhibitions or displays.
Can I get information about my object?
The Museum can provide information about objects but cannot give valuations. For more information, contact the collections team at Contact us.
Can the Museum give advice on the repair of objects?
The Museum does not repair objects, nor can it recommend repairers or restorers. It suggests visiting the Conservation Register online at www.conservationregister.com where you can search for specialists. There is also access to a list of teddy bear restorers and repairers (some of whom also deal with dolls), in the Teddy Bear Guide section of the Hugglets website, visit www.hugglets.co.uk.
Can I see or research objects that are not on display? Can I use the library and / or archives?
For information, visit Conditions of access.
Do you lend objects for handling / plays / films?
Museum objects are not lent for handling purposes. The Museum has a handling collection which can be used in certain circumstances. For more information, contact the learning team at Contact us.
Are there other Museums of Childhood?
There are two other major Museums of Childhood in Britain, one in Edinburgh and one at Sudbury Hall in Derbyshire. Several local authority museums also have childhood collections.
Why are all your objects in cases?
Objects are displayed in cases in order to protect them. There are several hands-on interactives that complement the displays. The Moving Toys Gallery has touch screens where you can see some of the toys moving.
Can I take photographs / sketch in the galleries?
Yes, snapshot photographs and sketching are permitted in the Galleries. Please ask first before taking photographs or sketching objects in the temporary exhibitions, as some of the objects do not belong to the Museum.
Can you explain a bit about the Museum’s archives?
The V&A Museum of Childhood holds a number of archive collections relating to different aspects of childhood. These include material from children’s clothing, toy manufacturers and from individuals involved in the toy industry, as well as collections relating to schools and education. The archives are currently in the process of being fully catalogued. For more information about the archive collections and how to access them, visit Archives.
What is the British Toy Making project?
The V&A Museum of Childhood is currently working on an exciting four-year project to document more fully the history of 20th century toy manufacturing. For more information, visit British Toy Making project.