War Games

Museums, Military and maritime Free
German army medical service
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Toy soldier set, German army medical service, 1936 © V&A Images
Cameron Highlanders
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Toy soldier set, Queenʼs Own Cameron Highlanders, 1900 © V&A Images
Action Man SAS Key Figure
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1978-80 © V&A Images
Action Man Space Ranger
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1970s-80s © V&A Images
Astronaut Cragstan 1950-60
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© V&A Images
Card Game England Expects 1940
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© V&A Images
Daddy, what did YOU do?
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Poster: Daddy, what did YOU do in the Great War? c.1914-15 © V&A Images  
Native American Indian
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Mechanical toy native American Indian 1960s-70s © V&A Images
Prussian Cuirassier soldiers
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Cut out Prussian Cuirassier mounted soldiers, 1870 © V&A Images  
Pull along toy, 1980-89
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© V&A Images
Russia versus Turkey
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Cover for the board game, A New Game of Russia versus Turkey, 1853 © V&A Images
Space toy ray gun, 1960-69
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© V&A Images
Spitfire, 1940s
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© V&A Images
Toy soldier set, 17th Lancers
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1900 © V&A Images

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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