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A treasure trove of all things “children” – past, present and future!

February 26th, 2010

The V&A Museum of Childhood, formerly the Bethnal Green Childhood Museum, is a treasure trove of all things “children” – past, present and future.

The museum’s fascinating permanent exhibitions include “Imagine”, which looks at how children play imaginatively; “Be Inspired”, a display of beautiful things from the museum’s collection, including numerous unusual items; and “Explore” which looks at how children learn through play and acquire new skills as they get older.   These exhibitions are also supported by a number of temporary displays which is where The Dolls House Emporium was able to help!

Collecting dolls’ houses and miniatures has been a popular hobby, for both the young and the young-at-heart, for hundreds of years.  The museum celebrated this hobby with a display of dolls’ houses and dolls from across the centuries, for which The Dolls House Emporium supplied two of its own designs.

The Classical Dolls House, by The Dolls House Emporium, is classical by name and classical by nature.  Its three-story Georgian style is most people’s idea of what a typical dolls’ house should look like.  It was used in the display as a perfect example of a traditional dolls’ house enjoyed by children now as well as hundreds of years ago.

In contrast The Mackintosh House, a 1:12th scale house based on the designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, is from The Dolls House Emporium’s Architectural Collection and an example of how intricate dolls’ houses can be.  Using authentic details from Mackintosh’s designs this beautiful house is a faithful representative of his style, from the double height hall and “waterfall” light, to the unique staircase with newel posts and galleried landing.

Using these houses the Museum of Childhood was able to demonstrate the varied and enthralling world of miniatures.  That’s what we’re here for!


3 Comments to “A treasure trove of all things “children” – past, present and future!”

  1. Julie Golby Says:

    Hi i wonder if you can help me,i have a vintage dolls house i don’t know alot about it,but i have seen the same dolls in rochester musem, it is alittle different, mine has a stand, even though the two dolls nearly look the same.I would love too know more about the house,i have it in the shed [plastic shed] it’s safe down their,but it seems a shame to leave it down there i was going to restore it, but i’m not sure if thats the right thing to do can you help? thanks julie

  2. Hi Julie,

    Would you be able to email us some pictures on info@dollshouse.com along with the back story to the dolls’ house. Alternatively you can send them to

    The Dolls House Emporium
    High Holborn Road
    DE5 3YD

    And we will see if we can help.

  3. i need to go to this museum. Big fan of DHE and childhood..haha:)Well, mostly coz I’m a child myself, not a little kid tho haha. I think this is so fantastic!

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