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Hide & Seek: Looking for Children in the Past

Hide & Seek




Find glimpses of children lives in East Anglia and across England from 1 million years ago to the 20th century. Children outnumbered adults for most of human history, yet they rarely appear in the stories that museums tell. This exhibition, the first on the topic, aims to redress the balance.

Some objects on display will be familiar: a doll, a sledge, a baby’s feeding bottle. Other artefacts won’t look like children’s objects: pots with small fingerprints, a tiny handaxe made 400 000 years ago, goldwork as fine as a human hair. By looking carefully at all of this evidence, we will discover children’s lives and the part they played in society. Written by Jody Joy, Imogen Gunn, Sarah-Jane Harknett & Eleanor Wilkinson.

Exhibition catalogue: 62 pp

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