13 Things that have been confiscated from school kids

The title of  this post isn’t something that you would normally see on my adventures in Museum Land, but I had a trip to the V&A Museum of Childhood over in Bethnal Green. In the foyer, they have a mini-exhibition called Confiscation Cabinets comprised of, you guessed it, confiscated contraband from kids from the last three decades.

The display was created by artist and teacher Guy Tarrant, and the objects included are presented as evidence of the everyday actions of students.

So, who wants to see my top 13 items?

Troll Doll from the V&A Museum of Childhood

Troll Doll from the V&A Museum of Childhood

A Pop Cutting featuring Take That from the V and A Museum of Childhood

A Pop Cutting featuring Take That from the V and A Museum of Childhood

2 creepy crawlies from the V and A Museum of Childhood

2 creepy crawlies from the V and A Museum of Childhood

A Nintendo Gameboy and a game from the V and A Museum of Childhood

A Nintendo Gameboy and a game from the V and A Museum of Childhood

A slingshot from the V and A Museum of Childhood

A slingshot from the V and A Museum of Childhood

A bottle of brandy from the V and A Museum of Childhood

A bottle of brandy from the V and A Museum of Childhood

Do You Like Me? note from the V and A Museum of Childhood

Do You Like Me? note from the V and A Museum of Childhood

Bent Copper coins from the V and A Museum of Childhood

Bent Copper coins from the V and A Museum of Childhood

A Cyber Pet from the V and A Museum of Childhood

A Cyber Pet from the V and A Museum of Childhood

A Rubiks Cube from the V and A Museum of Childhood

A Rubiks Cube from the V and A Museum of Childhood

An alien baby egg from the V and A Museum of Childhood

An alien baby egg from the V and A Museum of Childhood

(I counted the coins as 1 object, but the Gameboy and game as 2 and the creepy crawlies as 2, too). It was a really interesting display, and really got me thinking….

What kind of teacher would confiscate a Gameboy and a game and not give them back at the end of the day, week or whatever? I had a Gameboy and I wouldn’t have just surrendered it without at least asking for it back… besides, those things were fairly expensive, surely a parent would have had something to say on the matter?

Did anyone else have an alien egg? Did you hear about a friend-of-a-friend who put two together in an egg and they had babies? You know, I’m starting to think that might have been a clever ruse to get us to buy two…

And finally:

WHY DIDN’T YOU LIKE HIM, SARAH?

 

 

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3 responses to “13 Things that have been confiscated from school kids

  1. Fantastic picks! Bringing back a fair bit of nostalgia with that Nintendo Gameboy and the Alien Egg (still remember when I thought putting those in the fridge made them reproduce…)

  2. Pingback: The Museum of Broken Relationships: Heart Break in 12 Objects | Jack's Adventures in Museum Land·

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