Children & Heritage: A colloquium

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.

The programme will explore children’s interactions with history and heritage in the past, young people’s engagement with heritage today, the inclusion of children’s voices and lives within historic spaces and exhibitions, and historic collections related to children’s lives and experiences.

Please follow this link to view recordings of the Children & Heritage colloquium

Keynote papers will be presented by Caro Howell (Director of the Foundling Museum) and Professor Susan A. Miller (Rutgers University) in addition to contributions from a range of academics and heritage and museum professionals from around the world.

You can download the programme of the colloquium here.

Booking is essential for both in-person and online registration. Book here no later than 25 June.

Lunch and refreshments provided 

A limited number of subsidised places for in-person attendance on the 1st July in Oxford are available for students, early career researchers, early career heritage professionals and unwaged applicants. These will cover the colloquium fee but will not cover travel or accommodation. Applications should be made by email to by 12pm on Monday 13th June. Applicants are asked to provide their name, contact details, institution and job title (if relevant), in addition to a short statement (c. 200 words) explaining why attending the conference will benefit their research and/or work. 

Getting here:

Please note that there is no parking at the conference venue. We therefore recommend that you use public transport wherever possible. There are a number of Park and Ride sites in Oxford. Oxford Station is a 20 minute bus ride or 25 minute walk from the venue.


Accommodation is not included. We advise that you book accommodation as soon as possible, and suggest the following options in the first instance:

Various Oxford University college rooms:

Rewley House, University of Oxford: (or via

Travelodge Oxford Peartree: (Accessed via Park & Ride service)

Conference Convenors:

Oliver Cox, Jennifer Crane, Kathryn Gleadle, Siân Pooley, Alice Purkiss, Helen Sunderland


The Centre for the History of Childhood aims to promote the study of children, youth and childhood in the past through supporting research within and beyond Oxford, fostering a community of researchers and sharing new research through public engagement activity.

The National Trust Partnership is an award-winning collaboration between the University of Oxford and the National Trust which creates new opportunities for interdisciplinary research, knowledge exchange, public engagement with research and training beyond institutions and beyond.

Find out more about the National Trust Partnership here.

Found out more about the TORCH Heritage Programme here.