Missing dice, family feuds and instructions that don't make any sense: we all love a good board game. The V&A's Museum of Childhood's new exhibition features scores of board games, from aged paper numbers to futuristic Monopoly designs. It's basically like stumbling across the best cupboard ever.
The rather startling rules on this 1831 children's game state that "he that goeth to 58 where death is, must pay one and begin again." You've been warned kids:
This fetching Alice in Wonderland chess set dates back to 1983:
On the less traditional front, Star Wars board games were all the rage in the 1970s and 80s:
We all remember this one never quite working properly:
And this is the kind of board game people are playing now:
Along with this. The future of Monopoly is decidedly circular.
Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered is at the Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9PA, until 23 April 2017. Entry is free. Hands-on activities complement the exhibits.