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20 Mar 17

Computer crazy!

This month, some of our museum team made the short trip over to Nottingham, to visit ‘Game City – the National Videogame Arcade’. It was really interesting to see how they’re using vintage computers there to engage visitors in learning about the history of games development. As well as having a go on lots of old video games, they also offered us a go on their ‘HTC Vive’ virtual reality headset, which was an enlightening experience! We’ve already added an early Sega Megadrive and Sinclair Spectrum computer to the displays in the project gallery, and we plan to add more technology. It’s great to hear parents talking with their children about what computers were like when they were young. Hopefully they’ll be lots of ways we can work with Game City in partnership in the future. Many thanks to Iain at Game City for an excellent tour of the site.

the early days of gaming

27 Jan 17

New exhibition displays

The collections team have been hard at work preparing new project displays ready for opening in February. We’ve added a number of new objects that have come in to the collection as part of the project, either through donation of via purchasing. Things to look out for include a 1980s Derby County boys training top and a new set of Weebles. We’re also experimenting with new ways of presenting information and labels for objects; hoping that these will encourage visitors to search through the gallery and look at each object in detail. We’ll be adding new furniture and activities to the gallery throughout March and April.

new display cabinets in the Museum of Childhood

05 Dec 16

Research, research, research!

It’s been a little while since the last update, that’s because we’ve been very busy completing research. Project volunteers have been looking at subjects such as ‘Paintings of Childhood’, ‘Medicalisation of Childbirth’, ‘Modern Production Dolls’ and ‘Modern Automata’. This research will help us to search for the right additions to our collections, and now it’s completed we can forward to sourcing lots of new objects for the museum in 2017!

We're collecting specific new items