Games people play – V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, London

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Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered

V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA
Curator: Catherine Howell, Curator of Toys and Games at the V&A Museum of Childhood
Exhibition design: Thomas Matthews
8 October 2016 – 23 April 2017

From Senet to Pandemic, the Museum of Childhood’s exhibition ‘Game Plan’ covers five thousand years of fun with board games

If there’s one thing to take away from the ‘Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered’ exhibition is that playing board games is a serious business, writes Clare Walters.

Stories exist of kingdoms being lost over a dice game. There have even been instances of people wagering limbs on the result of a game of chess. And negative associations with gambling have resulted in dice themselves being shunned. In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries children were encouraged to use ‘teetotums’ – spinning tops with several sides decorated with numbers or letters – instead of dice.