Holding the Baby: oral history exhibition and podcast (London)

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Date: 01/03/2018 - 28/02/2019
Time: All Day

Exhibition Launch: 1 March 2018 5:30-7:30
Plaistow Library, 79 North Street, E13 9HL
Contact: rosa@on-the-record.org.uk / 0785 322 8023 to RSVP or for more information 
Holding the Baby (https://holdingthebaby.org/) is an oral history of childcare and parenting,  a podcast series and a travelling, sound-based exhibition. It is run by On the Record (http://on-the-record.org.uk/) and funded by the Gilda Street Trust in memory of historian and author of the East End, Gilda O’Neill. 
People from Newham and Tower Hamlets were asked to reflect upon the care they received as children and gave as parents, carers and childcare workers. Their answers tell personal and emotional stories that are relevant to the experiences of parents and children today:
Exhibition 1 March – February 2019
Holding the Baby will tour the East End with an unusual and engaging travelling exhibit – starting with Newham’s ten libraries. The exhibition creates a cosy corner inspired by a mid-twentieth century living room.  Visitors sit in a comfortable armchair, slip on some headphones and listen to stories of parenting and childcare played through a converted 1950s radio. Parents are encouraged to stop and listen, with play equipment built into a coffee table for children to use.  
The exhibition will launch on March 1st at Plaistow Library (see details above). From March 2018 – February 2019 the exhibition will tour Newham’s ten Libraries. See full list of dates here: https://holdingthebaby.org/exhibition/
The Holding the Baby podcast series presents personal stories, carefully crafted from oral history interviews, highlighting aspects of parenting and childcare experiences from the East End’s past.  The stories let us peek into the untold worlds of housework and home, to learn how the devastating impact of higher infant morality rates resonated through the generations, the effects on children called to be ‘little mums’ to their younger siblings, what people really felt about living amongst their extended families and their decisions about using childcare.
Each podcast contains original music composed by Luke Christie (of the Hackney Colliery Band). They are illustrated by a portrait photograph shot on film by Sophie Polyviou. They can be heard on holdingthebaby.org or subscribed to via iTunes or Soundcloud. Six episodes have already been released, with more to come in February – March 2018. 

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