Childhoods and Play

To develop an infrastructure that will facilitate the conduct of research into the recent history of play and child cultures in the UK using the archival collection of Iona (1923 - 2017) and Peter Opie (1918 - 1982)
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Project Director: Professor Jackie Marsh

The project is focused on the archival collection of Iona (1923 - 2017) and Peter Opie (1918 - 1982) relating to the play and traditions of children. The internationally significant collection contains information contributed by some 20,000 British children, as well as the Opies' own observations and sound recordings, and is distributed between the Bodleian Libraries, the Folklore Society archives, and the British Library Sound Archive. The project aims to surface the entire collection by creating the Iona and Peter Opie Archive, a digital resource that brings it together and makes it freely available to all for academic, educational and community purposes. The project team will also conduct ongoing research based on the collection, focusing on the relationship between media, commercial markets and play from the 1950s to the present day.

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