War Games

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Toy soldier set, German army medical service, 1936 © V&A Images
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Toy soldier set, Queenʼs Own Cameron Highlanders, 1900 © V&A Images

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1978-80 © V&A Images

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1970s-80s © V&A Images

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Poster: Daddy, what did YOU do in the Great War? c.1914-15 © V&A Images
 
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Mechanical toy native American Indian 1960s-70s © V&A Images
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Cut out Prussian Cuirassier mounted soldiers, 1870 © V&A Images
 
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Cover for the board game, A New Game of Russia versus Turkey, 1853 © V&A Images

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1900 © V&A Images

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Brace yourself for a playful battle in an inventively staged exhibition that considers how we play at war, from childhood games of cowboys and indians to propagandist curios such as Hitler building blocks (learn to spell with the Fuhrer!). Searchlights, sirens and overhead camo nets create an immersive space, with a bunker to explore, historic uniforms to try on and binoculars to peer through. Grown-up retronauts will get a kick out of seeing toys from eras past (a Lego Death Star, Skeletor, GI Joe…), engaged in an intergalactic, time-travelling diorama complete with noisy rays you can fire.

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