Childhood in Wales
Birthday parties, football matches, piano lessons, Christmas concerts – what does childhood mean to you?
For many, childhood signifies a magical time filled with fun and excitement, when friendships are forged and happy memories created. For others, the path to adulthood is difficult and painful, fraught with uncertainty, fear and worry.
From sunny days and ice creams, to mumps, measles and school reports, growing up is not without its challenges.
The childhood collections at St Fagans National History Museum are rich in objects, manuscripts, sound and film recordings, which give a flavour of how children have lived their lives in Wales from the eighteenth century to the present day.
Covering the themes of toys and games, leisure, education, health and religion, this exhibition looks at how times have changed for Welsh boys and girls on the one hand, yet also acknowledges how the pleasures and pains, joys and heartache of growing up are timeless and everlasting.
Children’s Literature in Wales - 29 January, 2pm-3pm
Dr Siwan Rosser and Dr Katie Gramich from Cardiff University discuss Children’s Literature in Wales.
Poet’s Corner - 19 February, 2pm-3pm
Poet and television presenter Ifor ap Glyn discusses aspects of childhood and tells all about his upbringing in London and his experience as Children’s Poet for Wales 2008-09.
Meet the Curators - 23 February, 2pm-3pm
An opportunity for a guided tour around the Childhood in Wales exhibition. Booking essential: (029) 2057 3424.