Magic Worlds

Saturday 28 April 2012 - Sunday 6 January 2013
For hundreds of years, stories of magic and fantasy worlds have captured our imagination. From traditional fairy tales, made famous by writers such as Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm, to the worldwide phenomenon of Harry Potter, young and old alike have delighted in being transported to the far off realms of Narnia, Never Never Land and Middle Earth.

Magic Worlds is a new family-friendly exhibition which delves into the spell-binding world of magic and illusion. Created by the V&A Museum of Childhood, Magic Worlds will invite visitors to explore the fantastical realms of witches, wizards and fairies and celebrate the conjuring feats of the finest stage magicians.

Designed around the themes of fantasy, illusion and enchantment, the exhibition will feature a huge range of costumes, tricks, vintage toys, paintings, ceramics, illustrations, posters, puppets and games.  Visitors will find displays based on their favourite fantasy tales, including Snow White, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.

Objects on show will include film replicas of Harry Potter’s broomstick and the One Ring from The Lord of the Rings, as well as vintage Cinderella and Prince Charming mechanical dancing dolls and puppets of characters from A Midsummer Night’s Dream dating from the 1940s.