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Childhoods and Play project


The Childhoods and Play website launched by the University of Sheffield School of Education is a resource for those interested in the history of children's games, songs and nursery rhymes.

The Childhoods and Play project, funded by the British Academy, aims to develop an interactive archive relating to the play traditions of children.

Eventually, it will contain information contributed by more than 20,000 British youngsters, as well as observations and sound recordings from world-renowned folklorists Iona and Peter Opie.

The Childhoods and Play website is part of an innovative project adopted as a British Academy Research Project running until 2017. The project team will also conduct research into the history of play and child cultures in the UK over the past 60 years using the archive.

Childhoods and Play website