17 May – 12 October 2014

Using documents from The Great Diary Project archive at Bishopsgate Institute, this exhibition offered unique insights into the lives of children and teenagers at particualr moments in history.

On public display for the first time and dating from 1813 to 1996, the diaries include tales of flogging and bed bugs at boarding school during the Napogeonic Wars and early twentieth century American Scout diaries, as well as coded accounts of wild teenage behavious during the Blitz! The diaries reveal changes in the experience of chidlhood over time and are a valuable record of social history.