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Clara Button and the Magical Hat Day Exhibition

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A Fantastic Journey Through The V&A Museum
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Emily Sutton, 'Clara Button', 2011

When you visit a museum, it is not unusual to find a range of books in the gift shop that tell you all about the collections you have just been admiring. Generally these are highly non-fiction guides for adults, but in 2011, the Victoria and Albert Museum published their first ever children's fiction book. Clara Button and the Magical Hat Day tells the story of Clara and her brother Ollie, who experience lots of exciting adventures on a day trip to the V&A Museum.

Until 19th January, the museum is dedicating a special exhibition to this picture book, which includes the gauche illustrations of Emily Sutton. Children can take their own tour of the museum, exploring well known works from the collection, such as the 1793 carving of Tipu's Tiger (found in the South Indian section).

This is a good way to get children engaged with their visit. Why not take them to the exhibit and then go on a treasure hunt to find all the objects in the story?
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Why? Fun for children
When: Until 19th Jan 2014
Phone: 44 (0)20 7942 2000
Where: Victoria & Albert Museum
Cost: Free
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