he Hide and Seek: Looking for Children in the Past exhibition at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge, tells the story of how children have contributed to society throughout human history. The exhibition has so far welcomed over 25,000 visitors since opening in January, and numbers are set to rise as families are encouraged to visit and take part in a series of free Ready, Steady"¦ Play! games sessions. All games are inspired by objects in the exhibition and Peter Bruegel's painting Children's Games (1560), which shows 250 children playing 80 different games.
The first games event is set to take place tomorrow, 26th July, 11.00 am "“ 1.00pm, and there are different games to play throughout the summer, with event dates available on the museum website: www.maa.cam.ac.uk/ready-steady-play/.
Sally Croft, Senior Archaeologist at Cambridgeshire County Council's Historic Environment Team said: "There are so many fascinating artefacts to enjoy, from 16th century toys to 400,000 year old hand axes. The summer holiday is a great opportunity to discover how children played and learnt new skills such as archery for hunting."
Jody Joy, Senior Curator at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology said: "We're delighted with how well the exhibition has been received. Visitors have commented on how Hide and Seek has opened their eyes to the role of children in the past. We'd love to see more families enjoy the exhibition over the holiday season, through to the end of the year when the exhibition comes to a close."
This is the first archaeology exhibition held at the museum in our new special exhibitions gallery and the joint project between Cambridgeshire County Council and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has proven to be a massive success."
The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is located on Downing Street, Cambridge. Admission is free and the exhibition runs to 29th January 2017. Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am "“ 4.30pm and Sunday 12.00pm "“ 4.30pm.
Hide and Seek: Looking for Children in the Past brings together collections held by the University of Cambridge and Cambridgeshire County Council and is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.