Children's Lives Website
The website will have a substantial digital presence which will echo the physical exhibition while also incorporating galleries of additional archival material. It will also provide links to useful resources as well as project blogs.
Children's Lives Blogs
http://birminghamchildrenslives.wordpress.com is a series of blog entries by the project team allowing visitors to keep up with activities around the exhibition and website.
http://youngpeoplesarchive.wordpress.com is a blog written by the two school groups where they can communicate with each other, both within their own school and with the partner school, along with the project team at Birmingham Archives & Heritage.
A third blog will provide an historical aspect by recounting school days from the past.
Young People's and Schools Project
Children’s Lives will also 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 young people to record oral histories
- 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
- Developing 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.
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 will be represented by Professor Ian Grosvenor, an acknowledged expert on the history of education and childhood.
The involvement of young people in the project will be run by Izzy Mohammed and Nikki Thorpe, outreach and learning officers at Birmingham Archives & Heritage.
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