When I was working on my Master's degree (that I have yet to actually finish... whoops), I actually had a couple classes that were part of the Museum Studies program. It was really interesting to see what goes on behind-the-scenes at a museum and the work that's put into making an exhibit. So it's with great personal interest that I'm going to tell you about a new exhibit coming to the Museum of Childhood in London. It's called Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered.
The exhibit will be broken up into four sections. The first will look at some of the most ancient games such as Go, Snakes & Ladders, and Chess. The next will bring us forward to the 18th and 19th centuries and games designed to educate. A focus will be on the Game of the Goose, which originated in Italy in the 16th century. After that will be a look at 20th century games such as Monopoly, Scrabble, and Cluedo. This is where we start to see a real broadening of the scope of board games to include games based on leisure activities, travel, and popular culture. The last section deals with more contemporary games such as Pandemic and Settlers of Catan, as well as those that enter the digital realm.
The exhibit will be at the museum from the 8th of October until the 23rd of April. Admission to the exhibit will be free.
Man... I need to plan a trip to London...