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 the ESRC ‘Face 2 Face’ and AHRC ‘Curating Childhoods’ studies, 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.

Update May 2019:
This month has seen the launch of our open access Everyday Childhoods dataset on the archive platform Figshare. This is the most complete version of our data, containing all of the anonymised original material. The dataset can be accessed here: https://sussex.figshare.com/Everyday_Childhoods We recommend reading the dataset documentation file first. 

Update January 2018:
We’re excited to announce that our book, Researching Everyday Childhoods: Time, Technology and Documentation in a Digital Age,  is now available in hardback, paperback and as a free Gold Open Access eBook! We’d like to thank everyone who has supported us in writing this book, including our wonderful collaborators, colleagues and families, and the team at Bloomsbury. Please do get in touch to let us know what you think of the book.

September 18th, 2014

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We’re delighted to announce that our book is now published and available to read immediately! The book has been published by Bloomsbury under a Gold Open Access agreement, and you can read it for free either online or in PDF format via this link: http://dx.doi.org/10.5040/9781350011779 Alternatively, if you would like a physical copy of the book, the paperback version is available from most online bookshops. On Monday 29th May we will be holding a book launch/seminar to celebrate the book’s publication. The event will be held at the University of Sussex’s ‘Digital Humanities Lab’ (Silverstone Building) from 4-7pm, and is jointly hosted by the Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth (CIRCY) and the Sussex Humanities Lab (SHL). If you are nearby, please do come and celebrate with us with a glass of wine. Finally, we’d like to thank all of our wonderful collaborators, colleagues and families for… Read More

January 24th, 2018

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We’re very excited to announce that on 25th January 2018, our new book Researching Everyday Childhoods: Time, Technology and Documentation in a Digital Age will be published with Bloomsbury! (Available to pre-order here.) The book has been co-authored by Rachel Thomson, Liam Berriman and Sara Bragg, and includes contributions from the wider project team and project advisory group.       As well as being published in PB and HB, it will also be available as a gold open access ebook that you can download for free from OAPEN and Bloomsbury Collections.   As a sneak preview, here is the book’s cover and contents page: Foreword – David Buckingham. Ch1. Everyday childhoods: Time, technology and documentation – Thomson, Berriman & Bragg. Ch2. Recipes for documenting everyday lives and times – Thomson with Arnott, Hadfield, Kehily & Sharpe. Ch3. Protection, participation and ethical labour – Thomson with McGeeney. Ch4. Spectacles of intimacy: The moral landscape… Read More

September 29th, 2017

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