Find out about some of the different aspects of the history of childhood. The information on these pages has been put together using our childhood archives and reserve collection.
The London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Newham are more popularly known as the East End, arguably one of the most culturally diverse areas in Britain, a result of a long history of migration and movement.
The reasons for people coming to the East End are complex and numerous. Many have fled their country of origin because of war, persecution or poverty. They have come to the East End as members of the British Empire (or later the Commonwealth), to study or work, sometimes invited by British employers or governments to meet labour shortages.
Although the Edwardian era officially ended over a century ago, a great deal of evidence of Edwardian life remains, including that of the Edwardian child.
From Plato (427-347 BC) to Maria Montessori (1870-1952) a number of educators have focused on the importance of play and creativity in learning.
The origins of the traditional British seaside holiday date as far back as the 18th century, when the upper classes began to visit coastal health spas. However, the only method of travel available at the time - horse-drawn coach or boat - meant that the journey could take days, and was in any case, far too expensive for most families.
Find out more about some popular pastimes for children, including party games, parlour games and popular toys past and present.
During the 19th century children as young as five were often sent out to work to help support their families. Working days could last 16 hours or more and the work could often be extremely dangerous, with children frequently seriously injured or killed.