It’s a small world

It’s a small world

The Museum of Childhood celebrates the fascinating history of dolls’ houses

Long before The Sims was a twinkle in a game developer’s eye, we were finding other ways to create our own worlds – with the help of dolls’ houses. Now the V&A Museum of Childhood is celebrating our love of those miniature worlds with a new exhibition, Small Stories, featuring 12 dolls’ houses from the last 300 years. 

From a country mansion to a council estate, the houses speak volumes about the history of the home and how our domestic lives have changed over time. For kids and grown-ups alike, the museum’s archive (which extends to another 20 houses that you can see in the permanent collection) is endlessly satisfying to explore. If you needed proof that good things come in small packages, this is it.

Small Stories: At Home in a Dolls’ House, V&A Museum of Childhood until 6 September vam.ac.uk/moc

  • Words: Hattie Crisell

  • Photography: V&A