About this website

This website is home to an ongoing series of research projects exploring how we document ‘Everyday Childhoods’ in contemporary society, involving partnerships between the University of Sussex, the University of Brighton, the Open University and the Mass Observation Archive. On this website you can find out information about individual projects, including ‘Face 2 Face’ and ‘Curating Childhoods’, and also learn about ongoing research case studies with children and teenagers through a set of a interactive multimedia documents. This website also houses an ongoing blog where the research team will share thoughts and reflections as the projects unfold.

Latest website updates:
March 2016 – Our 12 month report for the AHRC Curating Childhoods project has been published for download. We have also had an article published in the a-level magazine Sociology Review on ‘Teenager Identities and Social Media.
December 2015 – On Saturday 14th November we hosted a ‘My Object Stories’ Hackathon in the new Sussex Digital Humanities Lab. See our latest blog post for reflections on the event.


September 18th, 2014

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Liam Berriman, Lecturer in Digital Humanities/Social Science Over the last couple of months I’ve been involved in the development of a project with colleagues at the Sussex Humanities Lab that will look at how we conduct participatory research with children and young people using digital devices. As part of the project we will explore new ways of using different computational methods to ‘hack’ digital devices in order to make participation in research more accessible to different groups of young people. One aspect of this study will look at how we might experiment with the affordances of digital devices as ‘research tools’ in order to re-configure how they are used and the kinds of data they generate. During the last decade, digital devices have become popular research tools for participatory and ethnographic research with young people. A great deal of participatory youth research now involves researchers and/or participants taking photographs or… Read More

April 23rd, 2016

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Rachel Thomson reflects on her visit to a ‘Toys in the Community’ workshop at the Brighton Toy and Model Museum. I very much enjoyed a study day at the Brighton Toy & Model Museum showcasing the work of their Heritage Lottery Funded project Toys in the Community which has lots in common with our approach to using ‘favourite things’ as a way of finding out about children’s lives. The overall aim of this project was to encourage community engagement in the toy museum, using a methodology of inviting adults to talk about the toys that they cherished as children – with a focus on teddy bears, dolls and construction toys. These testimonies were filmed and edited and a wonderful website has been developed to showcase the material: http://toysinthecommunity.org/about/ At the study day I met Annebella Pollen who lectures in History of Art and Design at Brighton and was one of… Read More

April 12th, 2016

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