Game Plan at the V&A

The V&A Museum of Childhood’s major autumn exhibition – Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered – will be a celebration of the joy, excitement and occasional frustration of playing board games.

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Title: Alice in Wonderland Chess set Artist: Robin and Nell Dale Date: England, 1983, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Board games have enduring popularity even in the digital age. Monopoly is currently published in 47 languages and sold in 114 countries, and more than one billion people have played the game worldwide. And during the 2015 Christmas period, games were the second largest segment of toys sold.*

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Monopoly Artist: Waddingtons Date: 1936-39, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered will present some of the most iconic, enthralling and visually-striking games from the V&A’s outstanding national collection of board games. Alongside current family favourites such as Cluedo and Trivial Pursuit, and traditional games such as chess, the exhibition will look at historical board games such as The Game of the Goose and beautifully-designed games from the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Title: Game of the Goose, Artist: RH Laurie, Date: England, 1831, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The role of design, both in the games themselves and in their marketing, will be explored throughout the exhibition. It will examine how the design of a game reflects the time and place of its production and how design adapts to different forms of use. We can’t wait to get down and have a play!

Find out more  about the exhibition, here.

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