Exhibitions available to hire

Many of the Museum's major exhibitions are available for hire to museums and galleries, both nationally and internationally. If you are a venue and would like to contact someone about hiring an exhibition, call Stephen Nicholls, Exhibitions Manager, on 020 8983 5213 or email s.nicholls@vam.ac.uk.

Killer Cabinet dolls' house, 1840s © Victoria and Albert Museum

Small Stories: At Home in a Dolls' House

The V&A Museum of Childhood holds an internationally significant collection of dolls' houses, representing homes and ways of living spanning three and a half centuries. The earliest is a child's wardrobe in the shape of a house, dating from 1712; the most recent the Kaleidoscope post-modern family designer home designed by artists in 2001. This highly celebrated collection has never before been seen together outside of the Museum.

This exhibition will feature a selection of the Museum's best-loved houses, including country mansions, the Georgian townhouse, surburban villas, social or public housing and high-rise apartments. It explores interior design, new technology, professions and family relationships, and considers the role of the domestic servant and the gendering of spaces and household roles. The exhibition also describes the evolution of the dolls' house from a wealthy adult's showpiece to a mass-produced child's toy.

The exhibition will use family-friendly interpretation, audio-visual and lighting to bring the stories of the houses to life.

Small Stories can be seen at the Museum of Childhood from 13 December 2014 to 6 September 2015 and will tour internationally from autumn 2015. Spaces are available from summer 2017. The exhibition requires a space of about 300-500m2.

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Chess set, Rajasthan, mid 19th century

Game Plan: 500 Years of Board Games

This exhibition will present some of the most iconic, enthralling and often unpredictable games from the national collection of board games held by the V&A Museum of Childhood. Board games have a universal appeal, they are played by everyone, young and old, and can transcend the barriers of culture and language. Games can mirror our lives and both teach and entertain us. Tracing the origins of game playing in the Middle East, the exhibition spans 500 years, from a unique and richly decorated German game of 1535, to twentieth-century classics such as Monopoly and the digital games of today. Game Plan will invite the whole family to explore the histories and stories of the less well-known games of the past and much loved family favourites.

The exhibition will be available for tour from spring 2017, following its showing at the V&A Museum of Childhood from May 2016 to February 2017. It requires a space of 200-400 m2.




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