One of my greatest regrets is the demise of the Theatre Museum in Covent Garden. Do you remember it? It was part of the Victoria and Albert Museum and a lovely place to pop into with children or without. Sometimes they would have exhibitions based on current or recent productions – at other times they would show automatons – more about them another time – and always there would be idiosyncratic objects of interest to delight the eye and question the intellect.
I used to go there a lot both with my own children and the kids from the school where I worked. So in 2006 when I had the opportunity to do a five day project with the London Museums Association, I leapt at the chance to explore the Theatre Museum and the Docklands Museum. I believe the latter still exists.
My task was to make the museum more accessible to children with special needs, so I devised a picture trail with photographs of some of the quirkier objects and questions designed to get them looking and thinking.
I was thinking about this last night so, today I found the trail and the pictures with questions. But no answers. This was fourteen years ago.
I am going to try and briefly explain why I chose these objects – but I cannot vouch for any facts at all. Please help me out if you know what they are.
Now you know one of the reasons why I regret the loss of this museum. So many weird things. And I cannot work out what they are.
If you know – then please share your knowledge. Let me know if you have ever been there.
The other places that have gone now and which were wonderful, I thought, were:
The Museum of the Moving Image, South Bank
The Cabaret Museum of Automatons, Covent Garden
The Museum of Mankind, Piccadilly
The Geological Museum, South Kensington.