Originally displayed at the V&A’s Museum of Childhood, this exhibition celebrates the joy, excitement and occasional frustration of playing board games.
Come and see some of the most iconic, enthralling and visually striking games from the V&A’s outstanding national collection of board games. Alongside current family favourites such as Cluedo and Trivial Pursuit, and traditional games like chess, the exhibition will look at historical board games including The Game of the Goose and other beautifully designed games from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Board games are played by everyone, young and old. They have a universal appeal that transcends cultural and language barriers. They can both teach and entertain us. The playing of board games is embedded into our culture, not just the games themselves but the act of playing, the interaction with family and friends, the lessons to be learned and the fun to be had.
Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered features games from around the world, and explores the important role of design. Throughout the exhibition, selected games of special interest are highlighted with a more detailed look at their history and influence.
There are hands-on interactives throughout and the opportunity to discover if you are a gloating winner, a cheater or a sore loser at the end.
More than 100 objects will be displayed as part of the exhibition, with further St Albans specific games artefacts from the museum collection being displayed in other galleries. Look out for objects such as the 12th century chess piece which was discovered on Chequer Street, or the special edition Monopoly which features St Albans as the ‘Mayfair’ spot.
To celebrate the opening of this new major exhibition, a host of family focussed events and activities have also been planned. These include a newly created museum trail, Play the Game family fun day on 1 Dec, large scale Games in the Galleries activities throughout the holidays and games inspired craft sessions. All activities are free and perfect for a festive day out.