Dr Helen Charman

Dr Helen Charman FRSA MA Dip is Director of Learning, National Programmes and Young V&A at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, having joined the Executive team in 2018. A creative and cultural learning professional for 30 years, her professional portfolio includes learning-led roles across education and cultural sector organisations, in the UK and overseas.

Helen was a founder member of the education team at Tate Modern from 1999 – 2006, and on the directorate that mobilized the new Design Museum, London where she worked from 2007 – 2018. She gained her Doctorate in Education and MA History of Art from University College London and Birkbeck College. Her remit at the V&A Museum includes leadership of the former V&A Museum of Childhood into Young V&A, the nation’s first national museum co-designed with and for children, working to an uplifting brief to create ‘the most joyful museum in the world’. The broader scope of her role at the V&A includes overall responsibility for Learning and Digital, Interpretation, and National Programmes across the full V&A multisite.

Helen sits on the advisory board for The Durham Commission and the Cultural Learning Alliance, and is a Trustee of Chelsea Physic Garden. She is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Children’s Health & Wellbeing. Recent international contributions include the UNESCO Global Framework on Culture and Arts Education, membership of the Association of Children’s Museums International Advisory Council and a jury member of the European Museum Academy’s Children in Museums panel.

The Young V&A

Come and spark your creativity at Young V&A – the museum where children, young people and families can imagine, play and design. Be inspired by spaces, explore our collection and get creative.

The V&A

The V&A is a family of museums dedicated to the power of creativity. Our mission is to champion design and creativity in all its forms, advance cultural knowledge, and inspire makers, creators and innovators everywhere. We share a 5,000 year old story of creativity through exhibitions, events, educational programmes, digital experiences, conservation, research and an ever-evolving national collection of over 2.8 million objects spanning every creative discipline.

The Young V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum), formerly known as the Museum of Childhood, is an iconic institution dedicated to celebrating and exploring childhood. Located in Bethnal Green, London, this museum offers an engaging and interactive experience for children and families, featuring a diverse collection of toys, games, costumes, and other artifacts that reflect the history and culture of childhood from the 1600s to the present day.

The Young V&A aims to inspire young minds through a variety of exhibits and educational programs. The museum underwent a significant transformation, reopening as the Young V&A to better cater to the needs and interests of contemporary audiences. This revamp has allowed for the inclusion of more interactive displays, creative workshops, and spaces designed specifically for children to learn and play. By blending historical artifacts with modern educational approaches, the Young V&A provides a unique and enriching environment where children can connect with the past while engaging in imaginative play and learning.

V&A History

This history of the V&A is a story like no other. From its early beginnings as a Museum of Manufactures in 1852, to the foundation stone laid by Queen Victoria in 1899, to today’s state-of-the-art galleries, the museum has constantly evolved in its collecting and public interpretation of art and design. Its collections span over 5,000 years of human creativity in virtually every medium, housed in one of the finest groups of Victorian and modern buildings in Britain.


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