Sunday, September 26, 2010

Victoria & Albert Museum: London England

Victoria & Albert Museum: London

Hello Educationers,

I am beginning to label some of my postings by Categories, so that over time the archive will be easier to locate specific postings by subject etc.

Museums is one of the major categories, being an essential part of Education Fun and Discovery.
Just by chance I followed a papercraft link to an antique paper-built circus carousel from England, which turns out (and "turns-round" :-) to be located in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, one of the old Grand European Museums still going full-vibrant:

V&A Museums

Beyond South Kensington

The V&A is comprised of the museum at South Kensington, the V&A Museum of Childhood at Bethnal Green, and the archives and stores at Blythe House, Kensington Olympia. All V&A museums have free entry.

  • V&A South Kensington

    V&A South Kensington is the world's greatest museum of art and design, with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity. Discover 3000 years' worth of amazing artefacts from many of the world's richest cultures including ceramics, furniture, fashion, glass, jewellery, metalwork, photographs, sculpture, textiles and paintings.

  • Museum of Childhood

    The Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green is home to one of the world's largest and oldest collections of toys and childhood artefacts. The collection, which dates from the 16th century to the present day includes dolls, teddy bears, toy soldiers, train sets, model cars, puppets, rocking horses, costumes, board games, and some of the first jigsaw puzzles ever made.

  • Theatre Collections Online

    The V&A's Theatre Collections have now moved from the Theatre Museum building in Covent Garden, and new theatre and performance galleries at South Kensington opened in Spring 2009.

  • Antique Toy Circus Papercraft

    The Victoria & Albert Museums of England are offering an antique toy circus papercraft on their website. The original template for the circus was created by a French company around 1930. The best part of this papercraft is that it is an automata of sorts. Twirl the flag on top and the performers spin around like a merry-go-round. In addition to the usual cardstock, a piece of cork and a barbecue skewer are also required to build the circus. The template for this papercraft may be found here.

Enjoy the huge museum collections online and try your hands at constructing your own circus carousel by printing the template and following the instructions...

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