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"A Visit to Madame Tussaud's": Capturing a Child Audience in Victorian and Edwardian England

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Barbara Gribling


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This essay seeks to reclaim Tussaud's place in the history of museums and childhood. It shows how Madame Tussaud's spearheaded new ways of engaging with child audiences in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, moving from Tussaud's early years where the museum sought to create an inviting and respectable space for families to its later years when Tussaud's adapted their exhibits to reflect new views about children's education and visual learning. Exploring sources from advertising and guidebooks to memories and reminiscences to toys and periodicals, this article illustrates how Tussaud's became an essential part of children's London experience.

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Author(s): Gribling B

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth

Year: 2018

Volume: 11

Issue: 3

Pages: 421-438

Print publication date: 01/10/2018

Online publication date: 01/10/2018

Acceptance date: 21/11/2017

ISSN (print): 1939-6724

ISSN (electronic): 1941-3599

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press


DOI: 10.1353/hcy.2018.0053


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