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V&A Museum of Childhood

V&A Museum of Childhood

The original 19th-century museum, built to bring greater awareness of Britain’s cultural heri- tage to East London – and to house collections left over from the Great Exhibition – changed its focus in the 1920s after a curator noticed that bored, noisy children were forever disrupting the pro- ceedings. Gradually, he amassed child-friendly collections from across the country and the colonies – this before the days of eBay. Then, a decade ago, Canadian architect Adam Caruso, in partner- ship with Peter St John of London-based Caruso St John, built a new entrance foyer and opened up the space in the centre of the museum to make the shop and café – where the highchair to adult chair ratio is steady – more accessible.

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