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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
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Back To The Good Old Days

Childhood is the most precious time of our lives. It is the time when we are meant to be the most free and happy, without worries and responsibilities. Of course, this is sadly not always the case, but even for those who had a tough childhood, memories of the good times always bring back a sense of nostalgia.

Until the 14th April 2013, a free exhibit is on at the Museum of Childhood, exploring the Modern British Childhood. The exhibit will take you on a journey from 1948 to 2012, reminding you of your early years and the issues faced over the decades.

Modern British Childhood explores how childhood has transformed in Britain during the period between the London Olympic Games of 1948 and 2012.

In 64 years a lot has changed, but the quintessential aspects of what it means to be a kid forever remains the same. From toys, clothes, and books, be reminded of all the games you used to play, and show your kids how you spent your time without all the wacky gadgets available today.

Along with archive film footage and photography, you will also be abble to read the creative poetry and prose exploits by the pupils from Rushmore Primary School and the 26 Group Project.

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NHS presciped glasses from the 1950s

Discover what life was like for children after World War Two. They might be back home after evacuation, but not all were reunited with their family. Unemployment, poverty, and rationing were part of daily life well into the 1950s.

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My nana's old wind up toy

In the 1960s there was an evolution revolution with the birth of the teenager. It was a time of rebellion, freedom, and The Beatles. The party did not last long though. The seventies and eighties paved the way for social and political upheaval.

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Tazos were one of my favourite things to collect in the 1990s

In came the 90s, the greatest decade of all - sorry if I'm biased, but it was my era. With New Labour in power, big reforms took place in the education and education systems. There was a new wave of entertainment and technological advancement, and household wealth began to rise.

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Now one of kids' most common past times

Once you get to the noughties onward, your kids will probably be able to tell you more about popular trends than the museum, but this waltz through history is sure to be a delight for the whole family to experience.
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Why? Remember your childhood
When: Until 14th April 2013
Phone: 020 8983 5205
Where: Museum of Childhood
Cost: Free
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