Monthly Archives: September 2011

Young People’s Archive

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Children’s Lives will include a section on contemporary childhood in the 21st century curated by young people from two local schools. This part of the project aims to work directly with young people to enable them to record, research, document, and communicate the histories and experiences of children and young people by:

  • Providing access to rich and diverse archive collections
  • Providing training for pupils and young people to record the oral histories of their fellow school pupils, younger members of family, and the wider community of young people and children
  • Providing support and training to enable young people to develop and establish a ‘Children’s Lives’ archive at Birmingham Libraries & Archives
  • Providing support and training to enable young people to research, interpret and curate their own exhibition as part of the Children’s Lives exhibition at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
  • Supporting young people to deliver a young people’s exhibition launch event
  • Establishing an online presence by creating a contemporary digital archive
  • Promoting and communicating this heritage as widely as possible through the exhibition, online presence and related events
  • Developing young people through the transfer of skills, knowledge and confidence in a number of heritage and broader cultural and educational spheres of activity; enabling young people to make a significant contribution to present-day and future learning and research.

There will be a blog, Young People’s Archive, written by the Learning & Outreach team and the schoolchildren working on the project. Keep checking for updates!

Children’s Lives

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Children’s Lives, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund,will be 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 will draw on the designated and 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 Museum & Art Gallery and the Media Archive of Central England.

The project will consist of a series of interrelated activities. These will include an exhibition at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery opening in February 2012. The exhibition will 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. The exhibition will present the diversity of the city in all its forms, for example, ethnicity, gender, class, disability etc. Children’s Lives will draw 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.