SNOZZCUMBERS AND FROBSCOTTLE
To 6 SEPTEMBER 2009
Snozzcumbers and Frobscottle explores the wonderful world of Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake. On display are over 80 objects including original manuscripts and illustrations of some of the most memorable characters in children’s literature from The Twits to Willy Wonka. The exhibition explores the relationship between Blake and Dahl and how they went about creating what each character should look like. It shows objects such as a sandal sent from Dahl to Blake as inspiration for the BFG’s footwear as well as footage of Blake talking about his work and recordings of Dahl reciting some of his novels. This travelling exhibition has been developed by Seven Stories, the Centre for the Children’s Book.
MAKE DO AND MEND
13 JUNE – 15 NOVEMBER 2009
Make Do and Mend is an exhibition focusing on the current phenomenon of reworking and refurbishing existing items to create something new. This exhibition, combing the work of contemporary designers and local school children, opens on 13 June 2009.
Make Do And Mend was published in the UK in 1943, by the Ministry of Information, at a time when food and clothes were rationed. It gave sustainability advice during World War 2 on how to keep family and home afloat on war rations. Tips on how to tighten your belt and cut back on excessive consumption during wartime austerity have an obvious resonance
during the current economic recession.
What to do with that favourite jumper you just can’t bear to part with but can no longer squeeze into? How can a broken shopping trolley be transformed into a stylish piece of sustainable furniture? In the 21st century the growing campaign to salvage, recycle, waste less and reduce our carbon footprint, is having a huge impact on current design.
The exhibition features designs by Jon Male, Lou Rota and Max McMurdo who all rework salvaged domestic and industrial waste to create stylish, quirky new products. Local schoolchildren from Arnhem Wharf, St John’s and Redlands Primary Schools, as well as students from Tower Hamlets College, worked with artists to produce their own whimsical versions of re-created domestic objects will also be on display.
VICTORIANS AT THE SEASIDE
20 APRIL – 24 JULY 2009
On display will be a selection of Paul Martin’s photographs documenting seaside holidaymakers in late-Victorian England. Disguising his camera as a leather box, Martin was able to record holidaymakers in the popular seaside resort of Yarmouth unnoticed. The display gives a fascinating insight into life in Victorian England and represents one of the earliest series of holiday snapshots.
PLAYING WITH PUPPETS
27 JUNE – 6 SEPTEMBER 2009
This display features puppets from the Little Angel Theatre’s production of The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, an adaptation of the book by Roald Dahl, and looks at how a puppet theatre production is put together.
FAMILY FUN WEEKEND – TRIAL-A-TRAIL
6 AND 7 JUNE 2009: Activities throughout the day
A new selection of museum trails, including a storytelling trail and a superhero trail, will allow children and their families to explore the museum and discover hidden treasures in the galleries.
FREE; Drop-in; Ages 3+
MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD GENERAL INFORMATION
The V&A Museum of Childhood is open daily 10.00 – 17.45, last admission 17.30.
The nearest underground station is Bethnal Green (Central Line).