Curious Ceramics: new sensory bags launching at the V&A

bags containing props such as clogs, fan, building blocks
What will you find in the sensory bags?

What do ceramics feel like? What are they made of? What smells would we associate with the ceramic trade? How is a 5 foot tower of china constructed?

Come along to the V&A’s launch of their new sensory bags, providing a multi-sensory insight into the ceramics collection on display at the world-famous museum of all things designed and crafted. The Museum teamed up with Sense and multi-sensory artist Abigail Hirsch to create their first ever resource for children with multi-sensory impairments.

The backpack is full of sensory activities that can be enjoyed by all families,

including a musical rain stick, a magnetic drawing board and ceramic touch objects amongst others. Through multi-sensory objects, textures, sounds and smells, children will get to discover curious ceramic objects from China to the Netherlands, learn how they were made and how ideas and materials travelled the world to reach Europe. The pack will be available for free all year round to borrow from the museum’s learning centre.

Bring a picnic and enjoy the fine open spaces of the museum and join us for the new pop-up performance from No Nonsense Theatre with British Sign Language interpretation.

The bag launches on 1st August 10:30 – 14:30, for more details.

If you would like to sign up, please contact Kara Jarrold ( to register your place.

Author: Kara Jarrold

Kara is Head of Arts & Wellbeing at Sense. She leads on arts projects that find ways to empower people to find their cultural voice, working collaboratively and experimentally with artists and participants to improve access to art through the senses.

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