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V&A Museum of Childhood

The V&A Museum of Childhood is a branch of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the United Kingdom's national museum of applied arts. It is in Bethnal Green and is located on the Green itself in the East End of London and specialises in objects by and for children; the museum was founded in 1872 as the Bethnal Green Museum. The iron structure reused a prefabricated building from Albertopolis, replaced with some early sections of the modern V&A complex; the exterior of the building was designed by James William Wild in red brick in a Rundbogenstil style similar to that in contemporary Germany. The building was used to display a variety of collections at different times. In the 19th century, it contained food and animal products, various pieces of art including the works which can now be seen at the Wallace Collection, it was remodelled as an art museum following World War I, with a children's section which subsequently grew in size. In 1974 the director of the V&A, Sir Roy Strong, defined it as a specialist museum of childhood.

Of all the branches, the Bethnal Green Museum has the largest collection of childhood objects in the United Kingdom. The mission of the museum is "To enable everyone the young, to explore and enjoy the designed world, in particular objects made for and made by children." It has extensive collections of toys, childhood equipment and costumes, stages a programme of temporary exhibitions. The museum closed in October 2005 for the second phase of extensive renovations, costing £4.7 million. It reopened on 9 December 2006 with changes including a new front entrance, gallery and café. Inside the museum was a cast iron statue by John Bell, based there since 1927, it came from the Great Exhibition of 1851. "The Eagle slayer" shows a marksman shooting at an eagle which has slain the lamb that lies at his feet. This has now been moved to the entrance of the Coalbrookdale Museum as it was cast in the Coalbrookdale Foundry; the museum is a Grade II* listed building. Anthony Burton Citations Sources Official website Interactive 360° virtual tour

Grace College, Hilton

Grace College is a private,co-educational, christian high school located in Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal midlands. The founding of Grace College came about from a demand for a more affordable school in the Hilton area, it was decided that a high school based on ethos would be established. In 1999,Grace College opened its doors; the school was built on 22 a hectare property, located in close proximity to the town of Hilton. The school has grown offering a full academic and sports programme. Due to its strong christian ethos, biblical principles and studies are incorporated into everyday learning and pupils are encouraged to approach and use this teachings in their everyday lives. Outreach and giving back to the community has always been an important part of the school. Pupils and teachers perform charity for the disadvantaged surroundings areas, such as Sweetwaters & Edendale. One such outreach project is Masihambisane,an education workshop for teachers who teach in schools in disadvantaged areas; the school does have a number of other outreach programmes, where pupils can chose as part of their 20-hour outreach for Life Orientation.

Forthermore, grade and 10 pupils visit Sbongumbovu combined school where they help learners there with mathematics and reading literacy. The whole school is involved in a Christmas party at the end of each year; some other outreaches that Grace College pupils are involved in are: Free Me Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre Sunnyside Park Home Tabitha Ministries Thandihouse SPCA Greys Hospital Prestbury Preschool Assisting with an entertainment area at Envande in Edendale Grace College gets involved with fund raising initiatives such as Sunflower Day and Tekkie Tax Day. Https://gracecollege.co.za https://www.isasaschoolfinder.co.za/school.htm?schoolID=185

Lavington, New South Wales

Lavington is the largest suburb of the city of Albury, New South Wales, located north of the Albury Central Business District. At the 2016 census, Lavington had a population of 12,472. Lavington is a flat area near Nail Can Hill to the west, is bordered by Thurgoona to the east, Hamilton Valley to the west, Springdale Heights to the north, North Albury to the south. Lavington is residential, but has significant rural areas in the north-west and a commercial area. Features include Lavington Square Shopping Centre, Lavington Swim Centre, Jelbart Park and 5 schools. Lavington is the second major centre of the City of Albury, with its own commercial CBD. Before European settlement, Aboriginals who lived in the area were of the Wiradjuri tribe. On the 15 June 1909 Lavington was named, having been known as Black Range. Once a prune-growing and gold mining area, Lavington has changed to become a locality with many shops and parks. Where once the township was centered around the Lavington Hall and the Lavington Public School, near where Urana Road crosses the Bungambrawatha Creek, as it became a suburb of Albury the shopping and business areas have concentrated around the junction of Griffith and Urana Roads.

Lavington was part of the Greater Hume Shire but was added to the City of Albury during the 1950s, with the old boundary between the two local government areas being ascribed by Union Road. Much of Albury's subsequent residential and industrial expansion has occurred in the Lavington locality after the establishment of the Albury-Wodonga Development Corporation in the early 1970s. Springdale Heights, north of Lavington was built in the 1970s and Hamilton Valley and Norris Park were established in the 1990s. Lavington celebrated its 100th anniversary of being proclaimed a suburb on the weekend starting 13 July 2009, with community activities at Lavington Square Shopping Centre, Lavington Panthers Oval, Lavington Library and the Lavington Hall in Urana Road. Lavington is located in the flat floodplain of the Murray River, on an area crossed by the Bungambrawatha Creek, with Nail Can Hill to the west and the Black Range to the north. Lavington is bound by Union Road to the south, the railway/freeway line to the east, Kaitlers Road to the north, an extended Burrows Road, Reservoir Road and Urana Road to the west.

Lavington's retail and business are located around Griffith Road, Wagga Road, Urana Road. The area is served by the Lavington Square Shopping Centre formally called Centro Lavington. Woolworths and Big W is the major anchor tenants, with the Aldi relocating to the former WOW Sight and Sound building on Wagga Rd. Following the Hume Freeway Albury-Wodonga bypass, many of the business located on the former Hume Highway fell in to decline or failed; the section running through Lavington known as Wagga Road suffered the closure of many former car dealerships, petrol stations and cafes that relied on pass-through traffic. The local council has made efforts to beautify the area with new median strips and planting with the hopes of creating a renewal for the area. There are many sporting groups in Lavington including ones for soccer, Australian rules football, netball, water polo and tennis. There is a skate park; the Nail Can Hill Run is an annual fun run, going for around 30 years. The event is held in early May and covers a hilly cross-country course of 11.3 km starting at Lavington Panthers Club, following the ridge of hills west of Lavington and Albury finishing at riverside parkland in Albury.

There is a mountain bicycling race over the same course run on the same day. The Lavington Sports Ground, located in the suburb's west, is the Albury-Wodonga region's prominent sporting venue. In addition to being the home ground of the Lavington Panthers Australian rules football club who play in the Ovens & Murray Football League, it has hosted many AFL practice matches, the England v Zimbabwe fixture in the 1992 Cricket World Cup, New South Wales v England Tour Match in 1990, one Sheffield Shield match between NSW and Victoria in 1989, a couple of Australian Rugby League preseason grand finals during the mid-1990s, as well as other preseason games for the ARL and NRL competitions. Up until the 1980s, the Lavington Sports Carnival, incorporating the Lavington Gift, was staged at the ground; the John Woodman Memorial Cycling Classic finish each year in front of the Lavington Hall, Urana Road. At the 2016 Census, the population of Lavington was 12 472, a decrease from 14 274 in 1996; the most common religion was no religion, followed by Catholic, the average weekly household income was $933, below the Australian average of $1438.

The median age was 40. Media related to Lavington, New South Wales at Wikimedia Commons