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Structurally speaking, the Museum of Childhood is a superb example of a mid-Victorian iron and glass building. However, the works recently completed have less to do with its original structure than with its external envelope and entrance. The building was commissioned following the Great Exhibition of 1851 and originally stood in South Kensington on the site of what is now the V&A Museum. Conceived as a temporary structure, it was clad mainly in corrugated iron and received an overwhelmingly ...

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