What to see this week: peepshows at the V&A

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Peek in­side the Thames Tun­nel, fol­low Alice down the rab­bit hole, see ri­fle­men on ma­noeu­vre (right) or join Queen Vic­to­ria’s Corona­tion pro­ces­sion—pa­per peepshows al­low the peeper to time travel into some won­der­ful worlds, such as the Crys­tal Palace in 1851 (be­low). The V&A has ac­quired the world’s largest col­lec­tion, as­sem­bled by Jac­que­line and Jonathan Gestet­ner, through the Cul­tural Gifts Scheme, which started in 2013 to en­cour­age the gift­ing of arte­facts to pub­lic col­lec­tions dur­ing the giver’s life­time. There are more than 360 stage sets, from match­box size to one that ex­pands to about 6ft in length. Peepshows, the cre­ation of which be­came a pop­u­lar pas­time in the 1820s, might com­mem­o­rate his­toric events, of­fer vis­tas or cel­e­brate engi­neer­ing feats. The col­lec­tion can be viewed by ap­point­ment at the V&A’S Na­tional Art Li­brary and will be avail­able on­line at http://col­lec­tions.vam.ac.uk

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