The Biennial Conference of the Children’s History Society “Children and Young People, Speaking Up and Speaking Out” is hosted by Manchester Centre for Youth Studies and the History Research Centre, Manchester Metropolitan University. The conference will take place on 16-19 June 2021.

This four day conference brings together colleagues across the historical disciplines, from Antiquity to the contemporary period, to ask how children and young people in the past have shaped protest movements, spoken up and spoken out. The papers are pre-recorded, and the panel sessions will allow for short presentation and questions/group discussion.

Live Masterclasses

“Material Cultures of Childhood” Dr Sally Waite & Andrew Parkin Great North Museum, Newcastle

“Colonial Pasts/Cosmopolitan Futures” Dr Chloe Germaine-Buckley, Manchester Metropolitan University

“The Autistic Labyrinth: Anyone May Enter…” Dr Cora Beth Knowles, with The Open University

Live Keynote Addresses

Jane Rosen, Michael Rosen, Prof Kimberley Reynolds: “Reading and Rebellion: the Narrative of the Radical Child”

Prof Judith Evans Grubbs: “‘Obscure, Plain and Little’: Orphan Girls in 19th and 20th c. Literature”

Alex Wheatle MBE: “Experiences Writing With and For Young Adults”

Live PG and ECR Networking event for Early Career Researchers and postgraduate students working on childhood in any historical period.

The full programme of around 100 speakers is available online:

The conference is free for members of the Children’s History Society (rates according to career stage), please register by 10th June.

Queries (and access to pre-recorded papers once registered): [email protected] or