CHANCE TO SEE***
UNTIL 30 AUGUST 2004
Shhh... is a journey through the V&A featuring new music by an eclectic
mix of leading musicians and artists who have created work inspired by
the objects and spaces in the museum. The exhibition features work by
Gillian Wearing, Cornelius, David Byrne, Elisabeth Fraser, Faultline,
Jane and Louise Wilson, Jeremy Deller, Leila Arab, Roots Manuva and Simon
Fisher Turner. Visitors are invited to pick up a set of headphones and
follow a trail of sounds through the galleries of the V&A.
DIFFERENT BY DESIGN: CLOTHES ACROSS CONTINENTS
29 MAY 2004 - 9 JANUARY 2005
The V&A puts on display 54 outfits from Asia, Africa and Europe, including
a 19th century woman's coat from Serbia adorned with dramatically embroidered
swirls and flowers and designs. Intricate applied decoration and gold
embroidery are among the techniques employed on these spectacular garments,
some of which have never been displayed before. The display comes from
the V&A's diverse and remarkable historic collections which inspired
the accompanying V&A book, Dress In Detail from Around the World.
LEWIS (1804/5 - 1876)
26 MAY 2004 TO DECEMBER 2004
SPECIAL PAINTINGS GALLERY DISPLAY
A display of minutely detailed watercolours and drawings by this gifted
Victorian painter, including early sketches as well as celebrated Orientalist
works in the watercolours room of the new paintings galleries.
FRIDAY 27 AUGUST
To coincide with the Shhh... exhibition, there will be a special Friday
Late with live musical performances and DJ sets from Shhh... exhibitors
including Simon Fisher Turner and Leila, and special guests including
DJ Food. The evening will also feature Laptop Jams, busking through the
galleries with circuit benders and electronica artists as well as the
chance to brush up your DJ skills with Lektrolab DJ workshops throughout
OF WILLIAM BLAKE
SUN 1 AUGUST 14.00-16.45
Join Michael Horovitz and guests for a unique celebration of the life
and work of poet and painter William Blake. This afternoon of music, poetry
and commentary stars performance poet Patience Agbabi, folksinger/songwriter
Shusha Guppy, playwright-poet Barnard Kops, and musicians Peter Lemer
and Michael Lukes, as well as jazz poetry from blues poet-songwriter-singer-kazooist
Horovitz, and even more special guests.
Plus the WORLD PREMIER of a multi-instrumental troupe performing a new
kind of instrumental bardology, the William Blake Klezmatrix. Free
KIDS AT THE V&A
AT THE V&A
SUMMER OF SENSES
WEDNESDAY 21 JULY - SUNDAY 29 AUGUST
A series of drop-in days this summer offers families an innovative and
sensory programme of workshops. Families are invited to explore their
senses through interactive and creative activities, inspired by areas
of the V&A's permanent collection.
EVERY SATURDAY 10.30-17.00
Children can hoist a Back-Pack on their shoulders and embark upon an adventure
across the Museum. Back-Pack tours are full of exciting hands-on activities
related to the collections. There are eight Back-Packs to choose from:
Chinese Treasures, Metal Detector, The Explorer, The Antique Detective,
Magic Glasses, Fancy Furnishings, Murder Mystery and The Emperor's Party.
Activities can last 30-45 minutes. For children aged 5-12 years.
THE ACTIVITY CART
EVERY SUNDAY 10.30 -17.00
Explore the Museum's collections through drawing and making activities.
The Activity Cart is sited in a different gallery each weekend. Loaded
with a huge variety of activities ranging from making mosaics in the Sculpture
Gallery to designing a kimono in the Japanese Gallery. Activities are
suitable for children aged 3 to 12 years. All children must be accompanied
by an adult.
FREE ADMISSION FOR ALL
The V&A is open daily 10am - 5.45pm and until 10pm on Wednesdays and
the last Friday of the month. The nearest underground station is South
Kensington (Piccadilly, District and Circle lines). For general information
call 020 7942 2000. Website: http://www.vam.ac.uk
OTHER V&A MUSEUMS
CHILDHOOD AT BETHNAL GREEN
DAVID HOCKNEY: GRIMMS' FAIRY TALES
3 JULY - 10 OCTOBER
Beautiful illustrations inspired by six of the Brother Grimms' most gruesome
fairy tales. Hockney takes a sideways glance at the stories, presenting
vivid images capturing the mood or detail rather than the main event.
Familiar tales featured include Rapunzel and Rumpelstilzchen, others like
Old Rinkrank and The Little Sea Hare are less well known. Dressing-up
clothes and a large scale tower will help bring the stories to life.
This summer sees the launch of the museum's pilot re-display Look see
which explores the Museum's collection of optical toys. It demonstrates
a number of the scientific principles behind them in a child-friendly
way and shows how they have changed over time. Highlights include an early
wood and card peepshow made in Germany in 1721 and a card and glass kaleidoscope
from the 1890s. It also includes a World of Walt Disney projector - a
classic 1970s optical toy. Activity areas give children the chance to
design their own animated strips to use with replica zoetropes and a praxinoscope,
stage their own peep show for making your their moving pictures, together
with a large-scale peepshow and a stereoscope for making pictures appear
MONDAY 2 AUGUST 12.00 - 15.00
Follow our musical fairy tale trail. Join us on a quest to make a magic
wand and learn how to use it from a wise and mystical wizard. 9 August
(12.00pm - 3.00pm) Make up new versions of classic fairy tales. Create
magic spells using fun ingredients. Enjoy a magical stomp and shout dance
session and learn about the magical lore of the land.
SUNDAY 8 AUGUST 11.30 - 16.30
Fast becoming one of the most popular dates in our calendar, the Museum
gardens come alive with music, dance, juggling, rickshaw rides, food stalls,
face painting, arts and crafts activities, circus tricks, henna hand painting,
and new for this year, an Indian craft bazaar.
MONDAY TO THURSDAY, 16-19 & 23-26 AUGUST
10.00-12.00 (5-8 YEARS); 13.00 - 15.00 (8-12 YEARS)
Children act out crazy versions of popular fairy tales in these hands-on
drama workshops. Dress up! Make props! Put on a show! Workshops last two
hours and are FREE. Booking essential, 020 8983 5205. Lunchtime supervision
is not included.
MONDAY 30 AUGUST 12.00 - 15.00
Pack your lunch and join us for a Fairy Picnic on the grounds of the Museum.
Come dressed as a fairy. Make your own wings. Enjoy music, dance, face
painting and storytelling. It's fairy fantastic.
UNTIL FEBRUARY 2005
A display highlighting Sindy's story as this iconic doll reaches middle
age. A rare opportunity to see how she changed, with examples both past
A new permanent gallery devoted to the people, children and communities
of London's East End has recently opened at Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood.
World in the East End tells the childhood stories of diverse communities
of East London using objects, photographs, audio, film and interactive
games which bring to life their experiences.
THEATRE MUSEUM AT COVENT GARDEN
A GREAT NIGHT OUT! - THE MAKING OF THE WEST END 1843 - 2010 UNTIL OCTOBER
2004 A mini-exhibition charting the history of London's West End with
models of theatres from Victorian times to today including new plans for
Cameron Mackintosh theatres.