Twentieth Century Childhoods: Margaret Badley

"Some influential twentieth century writers have seen modern childhood as being “in crisis” and talked in apocolyptic terms of the “disappearance of childhood”, even suggesting that “childhood is toxic” while many people look back to their childhoods as a “golden age”. But how far do these approaches stand up to scrutiny? After a brief glimpse of Tudor portraits of children and Victorian children working in factories, mines and workshops we will explore some of the many facets of British Childhood during theTwentieth century up to the present day. We will include an examination of concepts of childhood; theories of childrearing and “Tiny Tearaways”; organisations for children such as children’s homes, Scouts and Guides; state and private education and the child’s experience of school; children’s radio and TV; social media, children’s health and welfare; toys and games; boy’s and girl’s magazines; children and risk and children at war. We will be using pictures and paintings, diaries, film, video, oral history, iluminated manuscripts and literature. Please note later start date."

Tutor: Margaret Badley

"Margaret Badley MA PGCE has degrees in History and in Government and Politics. Among a number of roles, she was formerly Course Leader in MA War in History and later Head of Education Studies at De Montfort University and a local broadcaster. "