A peep in a diary and a step into history


Curiosity will often take over us, causing us to flick through the pages of someone's secret diary. While this obviously can come at a huge risk, you will now have the chance to gain an insight into the lives of others at this fantastic exhibition.

Running at the V&A Museum of Childhood until October 12th, The Great Diary Project will enable you to learn more about the most famous diarists across history. Whether it be Samuel Pepys or Anne Frank, individuals can get a peep into not just people's thoughts and feelings but an idea of how life may have been like at the time.

The exhibit was developed by historian Irving Finkel, who, for the past four years, has been gathering diary entries; a collection that is now 2,000 volumes long and features children's diaries that date all the way back to 1813. For the first time, the entire collection is now on display to the public.

In particular, the display looks at how the attitudes and dreams of teenagers have evolved over the centuries, especially in regards to the temperamental issue of teenage crushes. So whether the writer is practicing their banjo at a summer camp in America or is being flogged in a boarding school, there is sure to be something here that will interest and educate all ages.

While you are exploring the museum, be sure to check out the exhibition on the works of Jacqueline Wilson upstairs – it will enable you to keep tapping into your teenage years just that little bit longer.

If you are visiting the capital city this summer, book into one of the London hotels as soon as possible, as demand is sure to be extremely high at this time of year.