Crossing generations, board games have a universal appeal that overcomes cultural and language barriers, and they can both teach and entertain us. Even in the digital age they have enduring popularity, and during the 2015 Christmas period, games were the second largest segment of toys being sold. A good example of how popular a board game can be is Monopoly – published in 47 languages and sold in 114 countries, more than one billion people have played the game worldwide!
The V&A Museum of Childhood will celebrate this popularity of board games with an exhibition this autumn, presenting some of the most iconic, enthralling and visually striking games from an outstanding national collection of board games. The exhibition will feature historical board games, such as The Game of the Goose and other beautifully designed games from the 18th and 19th centuries. Alongside you’ll be able to find current family favourites such as Cluedo and Trivial Pursuit, as well as traditional games including chess. With more than 100 objects, including games from around the globe, you’re invited to take a look at the games’ history and influence, and you will also get the opportunity to become part of a big interactive game, which will direct you around the exhibition, inviting you to think about game playing in your life and what kind of player you might be.
The exhibition will be split into four sections called ‘Square One’, ‘Game of Life’, ‘Fun and Game’, and ‘Game Changer’. Each section will focus on one specific game, and the visitor will explore the role of design in the games themselves and in their marketing, and how that changed over time with changing production techniques and transport methods. Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered will also feature designs and prototypes of unpublished and unsuccessful games. Giving a great perspective on board games and their development, the exhibition is an event not to be missed.
8 October 2016 – 23 April 2017: Open daily 10AM – 5.45PM
V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, London, UK, +44 20 8983 5200