London’s Museum of Childhood to get £13m revamp

A museum is to close for a major revamp to make it “more interactive and creative and less about nostalgia”.The V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green will undergo a £13m improvement to create a “light and airy” space housing “iconic works to empower children”.

V&A director Tristram Hunt said it was “beloved by the local community but in need of modernisation”.The museum will close its doors on 11 May for two years.It will re-open with objects displayed at a toddlers’ height, dressing up boxes next to couture fashion, and a huge variety of spaces for hands-on making.

It hopes Hollywood props and costumes, including the original Superman costume and Frankenstein’s monster, will inspire the next generation of screenwriters, authors and story tellers.

Two children get a close-up of the macabre head of monster Frankenstein used in a Hollywood film.Mr Hunt said: “We want to empower children to realise that every act of creativity is wondrous, whether it’s self-expression through their clothes, building a world on Minecraft, or launching a school climate strike.”

Author Cressida Cowell, Waterstones children’s laureate, said: “We need spaces for children that are designed to spark their imaginations and their own creative ideas.”The V&A Museum of Childhood was founded in 1872 as the Bethnal Green Museum of Science and Arts and was renamed in 1974.

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