The research phase of the Birmingham Children of War project is now over – although we could have continued for many more months. For the last few weeks, we’ve been concentrating on putting together a guide to future researchers looking at children’s lives during the First World War and this will be launched at our event on 11th March (1.30-4.30) at the Library of Birmingham. Volunteers will be speaking about their findings on aspects of children’s lives such as education, nursery provision, children in care, and Belgian refugees. There will be a chance to see some of the original archive materials we have used and some film footage too.
And as children have been the focus of our project they’ve not been forgotten in our event planning. There will be a children’s trail starting from the Children’s Library up to Level Four and First World War themed craft activities on offer. We even have a choir who will be serenading Library visitors with some popular tunes of the time.
Admission is free and there will be a timetable of activities available on the day giving full details of times and locations.