Call for Papers: Children and Heritage

Two hands wearing blue nitrile gloves open a carton box which contains a doll. The doll is brunette and wears a red and beige dress and a beige lace shawl.

Unpacking treasures from the 18th century Doll's House at Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire. ©National Trust Images/Paul Harris.

This colloquium will take place on Friday 1st July 2022.

We welcome papers that consider the theme of ‘Children and Heritage’ from a wide variety of perspectives. Areas that papers might explore include: 

  • Children’s interactions with history in the past;  
  • Young people’s engagement with heritage today;  
  • The inclusion of children’s voices and lives within historic spaces and exhibitions; 
  • Historic collections related to children’s lives and experiences. 

We welcome papers from any disciplinary or professional background and career stage, as the colloquium aims to foster collaboration between academics and museum and heritage professionals. The programme will feature a keynote paper from Caro Howell, Director of the Foundling Museum in addition to a panel of mini-presentations to enable participants (including advanced undergraduate and graduate students) to share research that is at an early stage. 

We hope that all participants will place the experiences and perspectives of children and young people at the heart of their analysis. We also encourage submissions that consider intersectional identities including, but not limited to, class, race, disability, and gender. 

Please send abstracts of 250-500 words and a brief bio to by midday on Monday 28th February 2022. We plan to offer in-person and online participation therefore please indicate your preference, if any, when submitting. 

If you would like to find out more about the Centre for the History of Childhood, you can follow us on twitter (@HistChildOxford) or sign up to our mailing list. For more information about the National Trust Partnership see our website.  

A downloadable PDF of the Call for Papers can be found here


Oliver Cox 

Jennifer Crane 

Kathryn Gleadle 

Siân Pooley 

Alice Purkiss 

Find out more about the National Trust Partnership here.

Found out more about the TORCH Heritage Programme here.