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10th July 2023


With the opening of the V&A’s revamped Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, now called the Young V&A, our minds turned to the incredible dolls' houses in their collection.

Much like the original ‘baby houses’ from the Netherlands and Germany in the 17th and 18th centuries, early dolls’ houses were primarily used to train wealthy young girls in household management. It wasn’t until the Victorian era that they were considered as toys. Above we can get a glimpse of one in Philip Burne-Jones’s illustration from PB 73, The Young Pretenders by Edith Henrietta Fowler.

This week on the Post we are going dolls-house adjacent!

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