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.

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This blog will provide updates on the project as well as showing some of the fascinating material held by Birmingham Archives and Heritage.

Two local schools will also be involved in the project, Four Dwellings High School and Waverley School. The aim of this part of the project, titled the Young People’s Archive, is to begin to fill in the gaps so that there are more young people’s histories reflected in the archives. These experiences and stories will be told and recorded by the young people themselves. You can keep up to date with this element of the project here.

Children’s Lives Project Team

The project is managed by Dr Sian Roberts, Head of Collections Development at Birmingham Archives & Heritage.

The University of Birmingham is represented by Professor Ian Grosvenor, an acknowledged expert on the history of education and childhood.

The involvement of young people in the project is run by Izzy Mohammed and Nikki Thorpe, Outreach & Learning officers at Birmingham Archives & Heritage.

Dr Nicola Gauld and Brigitte Winsor at Birmingham Archives & Heritage manage the website and blog. Blog entries have been written by Dr Nicola Gauld and Patrick Haines.

Copyright information: Copyrights to all resources are retained by the individual rights holders. They have kindly made their collections available for non-commercial private study & educational use. Re-distribution of resources in any form is only permitted subject to strict adherence to the guidelines in the Full Terms and Conditions statement.

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