Children and the Museum of London: Playtime for Under 5s

By cassandra tavares, family learning programme manager on 5 Dec 2014
Having fun in one of our ‘Messy Monday’ sessions at the Museum of London Docklands

Having fun in one of our ‘Messy Monday’ sessions at the Museum of London Docklands

Puddles are littered all over the floor and feathers float through the air. One toddler is cautiously playing with the toy boats in the paddling pool in front of him while a slightly younger child is trying to immerse herself in the water, head first. Small groups of toddlers are testing out the trays of water which are scattered around the room, each with an array of materials which can be experimented with in the water. It is Monday at the Museum of London Docklands, and one of our weekly ‘Little Mudlarks’ sessions for under 5s and their carers is in full swing. Read the full postRead the full post

Making an Impression: Top 3 Foot/Paw Prints on Roman tiles

By adam corsini on 17 Jun 2014

 Child's footprint

I feel sorry for bricks and tiles. They sit on our shelves at the Museum of London archaeological archive alongside thousands of shiny, beautiful, sexy objects which scream out to be looked at and admired. But the brick? Well it’s pretty much a lump of clay. So how can they compete with the rest? Impressions. Read the full postRead the full post

Seen and Heard: The Birth of British Television

By other museum staff on 5 Aug 2011

Toddler favourites Teletubbies and In the Night Garden are the latest in a long heritage of fantastic children’s TV for the under 5s. The origins of children’s television in programmes such as Andy Pandy and Bill and Ben (the flowerpot men) are, in some ways, very different but at the same time very familiar to what our children see and enjoy today. The pioneers of this new medium in the 40s and 50s were Frida Lingstrom and Maria Bird at the BBC who developed the ‘Watch with Mother’ slot and invented the characters Andy Pandy, Bill and Ben and the […]