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Small Stories: At Home in a Dolls’ House – V&A Museum of Childhood

Posted by on Monday, 25 May, 2015 in Featured, Galleries, Museums, News, Rainy day

Small Stories: At Home in a Dolls’ House – V&A Museum of Childhood

We made an impromptu trip to the V&A Museum of Childhood last week and want to recommend the latest free temporary exhibition, Small Stories: At Home in a Doll’s House.

We didn’t know much about the exhibition in advance and more or less stumbled into it while exploring the Museum’s upper level. The premise is simple: take 12 dolls’ houses from the past 300 years and recount the stories of their residents. The houses range in style from classic country house to high-rise apartment block and are home to hundreds of the museum’s tiniest artefacts.

Alongside the dolls’ houses you’ll find a specially-commissioned art installation, Dream House, incorporating twenty individually-designed miniature rooms – a truly eclectic mix which includes the longest party table in the world and an underwater aquarium.

G enjoyed pressing buttons to light up the different rooms of the various houses, but didn’t have the attention span to listen to the inhabitants’ recorded stories. Instead, we spent most of our time in the life-sized replica rooms: a living room from a twentieth century apartment block where you can dress up in contemporary clothes, dance along to the radio and pretend to water the window boxes; and a Downton-esque Victorian kitchen where G spent ages pretending to make tea with a copper kettle on the range, pegging out the Victorian laundry and having a make-believe dinner at the kitchen table.

If you’re in the area, pop in for a look. The exhibition runs until 6 September 2015. More details here

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