Looking at History Through the Eyes of the Children Who Lived It

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During this term and the latter half of last term, year 9 elective history students developed our research and curating skills in an independent project called the Museum of Childhood. We were given the task of researching a group of children in their chosen historical context and creating an exhibit to demonstrate cause, continuity or change in regards to our chosen childhood. We wanted visitors to the Museum to go time travelling and explore through our displays what life was like for children in the past.

In July, we refined our topics from the broad umbrella of “themes of children and the time of childhood”, and extensively researched the period and historical context the period. The task involved presenting a process log in August, as well as the incorporation of artefacts and interactive elements to engage viewers’ interest. Our displays present evidence of a culmination of three months’ work creating components to illuminate and educate visitors to the Museum. The girls were incredibly creative, with topics ranging from children in Hitler youth and other youth organisations, to children living in the hippie era, diseases of childhood, Roma children, changelings and more!

The exhibition was officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday afternoon to reveal an informative, engaging and beautiful collection, representing each girl’s individual research, effort and dedication. 

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