Historic childhood memories revisited in Merton

Visitors to Merton’s Heritage Centre in Mitcham will have the opportunity to step back in time and revisit childhood throughout the ages in the Centre’s latest exhibition which runs until 27 September.

‘Through the Eyes of a Child: Childhood and Toys Through the Ages’ promises good entertainment for Merton residents, offering children an insight into what life as a child was like years ago and adults and older people a wealth of childhood memories.

The exhibition is designed to give visitors an insight of the nature of childhood, including children’s experiences, education, costumes and entertainment from Roman times until around 1980. The range of subjects covered is wide, such as reminiscences from local people, childhood haunts, local events, youth organisations or the cinema.

The main section covers the 19th and 20th centuries and includes a large selection of photographs of bygone Merton, displays of contemporary toys and costumes, historic documents and even modern replicas that visitors can handle.

Councillor Maurice Groves, Cabinet Member for Community Services, says: “The exhibition makes for a fantastic outing for the whole family and serves as a great learning opportunity for our younger generation.”

“Our history and our past help to inform our present and future. As a council we want to ensure all members of the community have the opportunity to celebrate our local history by offering opportunities like this to take part and learn.”

The exhibition ties in nicely with Merton’s Celebrating Age Festival 2008 which runs from 1 – 26 September and offers 150 different events across the borough for people over the age of fifty.

To find out more about the exhibition or Celebrating Age events run by Merton Heritage Centre call 020 8640 9387 or email heritage.centre@merton.gov.uk

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