Thought to be the first of its kind in the UK, the free, year-long exhibition about the archaeology of childhood will take a closer look at how things have changed over the past 2000 years "“ from Roman feeding bottles to memories of growing up in the 20th century.
Set to open in early 2016 at the Museum in Downing Street, Cambridge, the project will collaborate with local community groups, archaeology/history societies, schools and local museums to identify stories, artefacts and memories to help build up a picture of childhood in Cambridgeshire. The project's progress can be followed on a blog here.
Quinton Carroll, Cambridgeshire County Council's Historic Environment Team Manager said "It's fantastic news to hear we've been awarded funding to get this exhibition off the ground. It's something we've wanted to do for a while as childhood artefacts are frequently overlooked in archaeology. Everyone who has been a child "“ or who is a child "“ will be able to connect with something in the exhibition.
MAA Director Nicholas Thomas said "MAA is delighted to partner with the County Council to bring the changing story of childhood in our region to wider audiences. Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund's support, we will help engage local people with their heritage."
Robyn Llewellyn, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund, East of England, said "The Heritage Lottery Fund is delighted to be supporting this collaboration of the museum, county council and local communities to create this fascinating exhibition that will tell the story of childhood using Cambridgeshire's archaeological collections. People will have the chance to see objects that have never been displayed before and local groups will get involved in planning the exhibition that will have something to appeal to everyone."