Children’s Lives at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
16th March 2012
Dates: 24 March – 10 June 2012
Children’s Lives will be the first exhibition in the
The exhibition will feature works by nationally and internationally celebrated artists: Reynolds, Gainsborough, Rossetti, Millais, Watts, Munch, Picasso and Rego, Bill Brandt’s documentary photography of the 1930s and 40s commissioned by the Cadbury family, and Nick Hedges’ powerful photographs for SHELTER in the late 70s.
Children’s Lives will explore the relationships of children with their families and peers, the experiences of children in school, at work, during wartime, and in the hands of various welfare institutions, as well as the ways children have imagined the world. There will be a focus on children ‘on the move’ including refugees and evacuees, also featuring Middlemore Homes, which sent more than 6000 children to Canada and Australia between1874 and World War II.
Children’s Lives will draw on the nationally acclaimed collections of archives, paintings, artefacts, oral histories and film material relating to the lives of children held by Birmingham Archives & Heritage (BA&H), Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG) and the Media Archive of Central England (MACE).
The exhibition will be accompanied by the creation of a website which will make this material available online for the first time and provide a lasting legacy for the project.
Children’s Lives aims to bring the voice of the child out of the archive and the museum collections and draw the connections between the past and the present into sharper focus. It will also show how the world of the child has been constructed by adults. The final part of the exhibition will be curated by young people from two local secondary schools who will create their own responses to past children’s experiences and present their own stories of what it is to be young in the 21st century, creating their own archive through film and oral history.
The exhibition is curated by Ian Grosvenor and Sian Roberts. Ian Grosvenor is Professor of Urban Educational History and Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor for Cultural Engagement at the
Monday - Thursday, Saturday: 10.00 - 17.00
Friday: 10.30 - 17.00
Sunday: 12.30 - 17.00
Adult £4.00, Concession £3.00, Children aged 5-16 £2.00, Family £10.00, Unwaged £2.00
To pre-book tickets telephone 0121 3031966.
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