Last week I started looking at some of our images of children from the Documentary Photographic Archive with the idea of writing about changing times in childhood. There are some great photos illustrating children’s lives and activities in the 20th century.
I am also exploring the photo archive for wartime related photos, particularly the First World War. There are some heartbreakingly young soldiers captured in studio photos, photographed in uniform, a poignant memento for mothers and sweethearts.
Children are particularly vulnerable in times of war, a fact that we are constantly reminded of in contemporary news bulletins.
The archive images remind us of the impact of war here at home, especially during the Second World War.
These children’s war time memories are likely to have been a mix of anxiety and adventure as the normal routines of their lives were turned upside down. Bombs and air raid shelters, sirens and rationing, evacuation and family disruption affected them all. Sadly there are children today experiencing the same hardships.
Hopefully they will be able to share in celebrations in the end too.
VJ celebrations 1945