Childhood and Education

Explore Britain's rich social history of education and schooling with exhibitions, museum listings and events, features, news and web resources collected from museums, archives and historic sites across the UK.

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Georgians Revealed: Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain at the British Library

The British Library's wonderful collection shows Georgian Britain as a magnificent, intellectual, industrious and fun-loving place, says Emily Beeson.

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The nation's conversations made public as British Library puts Listening Project online

The British Library has made over 350 conversations, recorded for its collaboration with BBC Radio 4, available online as a social history snapshot of Britain on its Sounds website.

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I Love my Liberty Bodice! At Chepstow Museum

Chepstow Museum celebrates an undergarment loved and loathed by children since the beginning of the twentieth century - the Liberty Bodice. Was it well-named?

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Culture24's top ten toy museums for summer 2013

From Durham to Llangeler, we take a look at some of the best toy museums to enjoy nostalgic fun in.

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Cockney Heritage Festival in Tower Hamlets aims to prove culture is not brown bread

Pie and mash, jellied eels, Cockney Rejects and tea dances as the inaugural Cockney Heritage Festival aims to dispel media reports of the untimely demise of the East Ender.

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RAF Museum celebrates the golden age of Airfix kits

The Royal Air Force Museum in London is celebrating the 75th anniversary of Airfix with an exhbition of box artwork, throwing in a few classic kits for good measure.

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Enid Blyton: Mystery, Magic and Midnight Feasts at Seven Stories in Newcastle

Revisit the adventures of the Famous Five, the Secret Seven and lose yourself in the fantastical world of The Magic Faraway Tree at this family-friendly exhibition.

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Leicester's New Walk Museum and Art Gallery welcomes Magic Worlds from the V&A

From Alice in Wonderland and the characters of JRR Tolkein to Harry Potter and Abracadabra, the new exhibition at New Walk is a fairytale one.

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The Culture24/7: History and Heritage highlights for May 2013

From a Bank Holiday party in Cambridge to the inspiring Museums at Night and the opening of the £27 million Mary Rose Museum, here are our history highlights this month.

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A Treasured Collection at the V&A's Museum of Childhood in London

Mini-museums, a sound collection and hundreds of objects united for the first time in an exhibition linking objects donated by the public across 16 years.

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A Teddy Bear Story at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Paddington, Pooh, Pudsey and the Care Bears are among the stars of a hugely popular show in Sunderland telling the story of more than a century of teddy bear designs.

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Fate, Hope & Charity: Tokens left by mothers of abandoned babies at The Foundling Museum

Stories of eighteenth century women who left their babies with poignant tokens at London children's home, the Foundling Hospital, are revealed at the Foundling Museum.

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Museums at Night 2013: In the Company of the Curious: Steampunk at Dragon Hall

Audience-inspired theatre, peepshows, Victorian dueling, music, sketches and gentlemen poets: Norwich's Dragon Hall has a brilliant Museums at Night lined up.

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The Games We Played: Childhood Board and Card Games celebrated at Mansfield Museum

Mansfield Museum is revisiting the games of Christmas past with an entertaining trawl through some classic and not-so-classic board games dating from the 1920s to the 1970s.

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Royal Air Force Museum needs Airfix enthusiasts to help with major exhibition in 2013

The Royal Air Force Museum in London is planning a major retrospective in June 2013 celebrating the Airfix kit - but it needs the public to help complete its vision.

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