Children’s Lives: Birmingham Childhoods C18th to Present

Posted on 17/05/2012 by

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Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Children’s Lives is the first major project in Birmingham and the West Midlands to consider children’s lived experiences from the 18th century to the present day. The project consists of a series of interrelated activities, including an exhibition at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, and draws on the nationally acclaimed collections of archives, artefacts, oral histories and film material relating to the lives of children in the past held by Birmingham Archives & Heritage, Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery and the Media Archive of Central England.

The exhibition and accompanying website explore the different ways people have thought about childhood as a stage of life, the relationships of children with their families and peers, the experiences of children in school, at work, and at the hands of various welfare institutions, and the ways that children have imagined the world. Children’s Lives draws extensively on Birmingham’s collections to bring the voice of the child out of the archive and museum and in so doing will draw the past and the present into sharper focus.

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