Curating Childhoods: Developing a Multimedia Archive of Children’s Everyday Lives (2014-5) builds on the work carried out in the Face 2 Face project, exploring how we document and archive children’s everyday lives in the digital age. Funded by an AHRC Digital Transformations Amplification Award and , Curating Childhoods will see the project team working in partnership with the Mass Observation Archive to generate new dialogues between young people, archivists and researchers around the contemporary challenges of curating and publically sharing data. As part of this initiative, the research team will seek to establish a new multimedia collection in the Mass Observation Archive of children’s self-documented accounts of their everyday lives. More broadly, the project will also seek to contribute to discussion on the wider implications of researching and documenting children’s lives in the digital age, focusing on issues of privacy, accessibility and data ownership.
In May 2015 a short sub-project called ‘My Life in a Day’ was funded as a joint project by the Communities and Culture’s Network+ (CCN+). This project focused on promoting young people’s engagement with the Mass Observation’s annual May 12th diary day. You can find a report of this project on the Curating Childhoods publications and outputs page.
To find out more about the Curating Childhoods project, please contact Dr. Liam Berriman.