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The opening essay in this collection, which explores the relationship between play and historical knowledge through print and material culture, begins by introducing a popular children’s board game: Wallis’s New Game of Universal History and Chronology (1814; 1840). In playing with different pasts and juxtaposing the present on one board, this game offers a practical example of how children routinely encountered multiple pasts and reveals how ephemeral, often overlooked archival material can reveal intersections between children’s culture and history. This chapter introduces how multiple pasts were often experienced simultaneously in different ways and through different media, by boys and girls across the social classes and throughout the long nineteenth century, for the purpose of amusement and instruction. It demonstrates the congruencies between consumerism, knowledge and interaction, which each of the subsequent essays address. Here, toy-theatre evidence demonstrates the fruitfulness of multidisciplinary collaboration in exposing the cultural work of the classical and medieval pasts. This theoretical and contextual survey, with original collaborative research, explores nineteenth-century cross-fertilisation between the past and play, play and education, history and consumerism, and its impact on children’s cultures.
Author(s): Gribling B, Bryant Davies R
Editor(s): Gribling, B; Bryant Davies, R
Publication type: Book Chapter
Publication status: Published
Book Title: Pasts at Play: Childhood Encounters with History in British Culture, 1750-1914
Print publication date: 22/09/2020
Acceptance date: 06/12/2019
Series Title: Interventions: Rethinking the Nineteenth Century
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Place Published: Manchester
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