Childhoods Past

A new exhibition at City Space in Winchester Dicovery Centre explores childhood throught the ages and explores what children used to play with, what school was like, and what children did in their spare time.

From dolls houses to games consoles, the Childhoods Past exhibition offers a fascinating insight into how childhood has changed over time and how certain aspects have remained the same.

The Winchester City Council run exhibition offers a chance to compare life in a boarding school and free school, and to see artefacts from a working childhood. There will also be a display of fun and colourful artwork by local artist Emma Barker, depicting fantastical images such as space rockets, dragons and pirate ships, which appeal to adults and children alike.

Winchester City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Economic Prosperity, Cllr Dominic Hiscock, commented: "Childhood is such an important stage of our lives and this exhibition, with its use of objects from the city and district, offers a fascinating insight into how it has changed over the years."

Ross Turle, Winchester City Council’s Curator of Recent History added: "The lives of children have always reflected the world they are part of and this is shown in the exhibition, with social advances and developments in technology clearly changing how children play and live their lives"

The exhibition can be seen in City Space from Saturday 31st July until Sunday 5th September 2010.

Opening hours are: Monday to Friday 10am – 6pm; Saturday 10am – 5pm; Sunday 11am – 5pm