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The Young V&A - BDA London Review

Where? Young V&A, Cambridge Heath Rd, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PA

Cost? FREE Admission

Opening in July after an extensive renovation, we had to check out the rejuvenated kid-focused arm of the Victoria & Albert Museum. Drawing on both families and creative minds, the Young V&A hopes to engage the upcoming Generation Alpha in the world of design.

A space for both kids and adults to learn and interact with creations from around the world, there is a light-hearted approach to education, with a focus on play and experimentation. The galleries explore vital social and environmental issues while highlighting how design is offering solutions. Sustainability was brought to the fore through exhibits on circular design projects and strategies, from bio-materials to the importance of upcycling unwanted materials and products. Accessibility is also a key emphasis, spotlighting adaptive design and technology that prioritises people with disabilities.

The image above shows an area that explored empowerment and the importance of expressing yourself freely.

The image to the right is showcasing the design process of pulling together mood boards.

The image below is a

section educating about

design longevity.

The image below is exploring the different themes and life skills surrounding games and play.

This celebration of creativity creates a real sense of optimism. Filled with laughter and curiosity, the space fosters new ideas and interests, encouraging a new generation of designers eager to tackle our world’s most pressing issues. There is something for everyone to take away from the museum, no matter your age or creative ability. And best of all, it’s free to visit.


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