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Children are the heart and soul of our world, bringing joy and laughter wherever they go

Background imageChildren Collection: MIGRANT MOTHER, 1936. Florence Thompson, a 32-year-old migrant worker and mother of seven

MIGRANT MOTHER, 1936. Florence Thompson, a 32-year-old migrant worker and mother of seven, with her children in a camp for migrant workers in Nipomo, California, 1936

Background imageChildren Collection: The Goose Fair, Nottingham- Arthur Spooner

The Goose Fair, Nottingham- Arthur Spooner

Background imageChildren Collection: Physical World Map

Physical World Map
A Physical map of the World designed for school children. Based on the Van Der Grinten projection, the map displays the continents of the world labelling significant rivers

Background imageChildren Collection: Babar, king of the elephants, and Celeste playing tennis at Celesteville

Babar, king of the elephants, and Celeste playing tennis at Celesteville. Illustration from one of Jean de Brunhoffs
BABAR THE ELEPHANT, 1930s. Babar, king of the elephants, and Celeste playing tennis at Celesteville. Illustration from one of Jean de Brunhoffs Babar books, 1930s

Background imageChildren Collection: Jenny Agutter in The Railway Children (1970)

Jenny Agutter in The Railway Children (1970)
Jenny Agutter as Bobbie Waterbury in a production still image from Lionel Jeffries The Railway Children

Background imageChildren Collection: Children playing outside Arsenal FCs Highbury Stadium 1972

Children playing outside Arsenal FCs Highbury Stadium 1972

Background imageChildren Collection: SILENT FILM: LITTLE RASCALS. Our Gang, Little Rascals. Spanky, Buckwheat, Mickey

SILENT FILM: LITTLE RASCALS. Our Gang, Little Rascals. Spanky, Buckwheat, Mickey, Alfalfa and Darla left to right

Background imageChildren Collection: Childrens Political British Isles Map

Childrens Political British Isles Map
The British Isles Political map designed for school children was created using Universal Transverse Mercator projection. This political student map clearly marks the counties

Background imageChildren Collection: Sailing on the lake

Sailing on the lake
The crew of Swallow in a scene from the film Swallows and Amazons

Background imageChildren Collection: Childrens Political World Map

Childrens Political World Map
A Political map of the World designed for school children. Based on the Van Der Grinten projection, the World map displays international political boundaries, including ones which are disputed

Background imageChildren Collection: Pragues Old Town Square Christmas Market viewed from the Astronomical Clock during

Pragues Old Town Square Christmas Market viewed from the Astronomical Clock during blue hour, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Prague, Czech Republic, Europe

Background imageChildren Collection: The Obby Oss, Padstow, Cornwall. Early 1900s

The Obby Oss, Padstow, Cornwall. Early 1900s
The Obby Oss outside house, with the teaser standing to the left. The Obby Oss is an integral part of the May Day celebrations in Padstow

Background imageChildren Collection: The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)

The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)

Background imageChildren Collection: Donkey ride a071928

Donkey ride a071928
Hampstead Heath, Greater London. Two small boys riding donkeys being led across the road in front of Whitestone Pond, with people strolling on the banks of the pond behind

Background imageChildren Collection: Horse bus, Coinagehall Street, Helston. Cornwall. Around 1900

Horse bus, Coinagehall Street, Helston. Cornwall. Around 1900
The Helston, Cury, Mullion horse bus, named " Fairy". Thomas John Pascoe is seated on the top far right, he was born at Trewennack on 19.8.1872 and died at Trewennack on 19.9 1943

Background imageChildren Collection: Picture No. 10743654

Picture No. 10743654
RABBIT - in indoor cage Date:

Background imageChildren Collection: Picture No. 10851598

Picture No. 10851598
Girlճ EYE - close-up of single hazel eye Date:

Background imageChildren Collection: Humphrey Jennings The Silent Village (1943)

Humphrey Jennings The Silent Village (1943)

Background imageChildren Collection: Fresco of children boxing from Akrotiri

Fresco of children boxing from Akrotiri, dating from around 1600 BC, island of Santorini (Thira), Cyclades, Greece, Europe

Background imageChildren Collection: CHICAGO: CHILDREN, 1941. Children jumping rope outside of an apartment building

CHICAGO: CHILDREN, 1941. Children jumping rope outside of an apartment building on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois. Photograph by Edwin Rosskam, April 1941

Background imageChildren Collection: Map of Antarctica overlaid with illustrations of Sea Gulls, Penguins, Elephant Seal

Map of Antarctica overlaid with illustrations of Sea Gulls, Penguins, Elephant Seal, Shrimp and buildings

Background imageChildren Collection: The Railway Children (1970)

The Railway Children (1970)
Gary Warren, Jenny Agutter and Sally Thomsett all wave handkerchiefs during the filming of The Railway Children directed by Lionel Jeffries

Background imageChildren Collection: Tresco Children sculpture by David Wynne, in the sub-tropical gardens, Island of Tresco

Tresco Children sculpture by David Wynne, in the sub-tropical gardens, Island of Tresco, Isles of Scilly, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageChildren Collection: Shambles CC76_00555

Shambles CC76_00555
Shambles, York, 1910. A view looking south along Shambles from in front of the butchers shop at number 44, with a number of young children standing along the street

Background imageChildren Collection: Hmong children under umbrella in the monsoon (rainy) season, Sapa, Vietnam, Indochina

Hmong children under umbrella in the monsoon (rainy) season, Sapa, Vietnam, Indochina, Southeast Asia, Asia

Background imageChildren Collection: Five little girls, Polperro, Cornwall. 1860-1870s

Five little girls, Polperro, Cornwall. 1860-1870s
A group of five young girls, comprising two older girls, two toddlers and a baby. The second from the left is probably Jane Ann Libby

Background imageChildren Collection: Five young boys, Polperro, Cornwall. 1860-1870s

Five young boys, Polperro, Cornwall. 1860-1870s
Five young boys sitting on steps with their musical instruments, namely an accordion, triangle, tambourine, and a zither which is held by two boys

Background imageChildren Collection: Vivian Terrace, Falmouth Road, Truro, Cornwall. Probably early 20th century

Vivian Terrace, Falmouth Road, Truro, Cornwall. Probably early 20th century
A view of Vivian Terrace looking towards the Lander Monument in Lemon Street. There is a man on a bicycle riding in the road and a horse-drawn milk cart with churns is waiting outside one house

Background imageChildren Collection: Children in yard, Warwick a48_02779

Children in yard, Warwick a48_02779
Children posing for the photographer in the yard behind terraced housing on Bowling Green Street, Warwick, Warwickshire. Washing on the line. Photographed by G B Mason, 1946

Background imageChildren Collection: She Chose Me For Her Horse. Illustration By Lucy Kemp Welch From The Book Black Beauty By A

She Chose Me For Her Horse. Illustration By Lucy Kemp Welch From The Book Black Beauty By A. Sewell Published 1915

Background imageChildren Collection: A street scene in Flushing, Cornwall. Early 1900s

A street scene in Flushing, Cornwall. Early 1900s
A street scene in Flushing. People stand on the pavements to watch the photographer. A shop on the right is festooned with advertisements of the day. Photographer: Arthur Philp

Background imageChildren Collection: STUDEBAKER AD, 1959. Studebaker automobile advertisement from an American magazine, 1959

STUDEBAKER AD, 1959. Studebaker automobile advertisement from an American magazine, 1959

Background imageChildren Collection: First settlers of Hartford, Connecticut, 1636

First settlers of Hartford, Connecticut, 1636
Thomas Hookers congregation migrates from Massachusetts to settle Hartford, Connecticut, 1636. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageChildren Collection: The Rainbow

The Rainbow
Artist: Whaite, Henry Clarence - Title: The Rainbow - Date: 1862 - Original Medium and Size: Oil on Canvas 139.7 x 241.6

Background imageChildren Collection: Hair braiding, Dakar, Senegal, West Africa, Africa

Hair braiding, Dakar, Senegal, West Africa, Africa

Background imageChildren Collection: Street art, Armenian Street, George Town, Penang Island, Malaysia

Street art, Armenian Street, George Town, Penang Island, Malaysia

Background imageChildren Collection: The Lennox-Boyd brothers. Around 1915

The Lennox-Boyd brothers. Around 1915
Studio photograph of Alan Tindal Lennox-Boyd with his brothers. From left to right: George Edward Lennox-Boyd (1902-1943), Alan Tindal Lennox-Boyd (1904-1983)

Background imageChildren Collection: A Fair, Truro, Cornwall. About 1900

A Fair, Truro, Cornwall. About 1900
Crowds at a fair on The Green, Truro (now Truro bus station). The fairground ride of J. Brewer & Sons of Indian Queens and Bath stands in the middle of the picture. Photographer: Arthur William Jordan

Background imageChildren Collection: Looe Bridge, Looe, Cornwall. 1890s

Looe Bridge, Looe, Cornwall. 1890s
View towards Looe bridge from the bank of the river by the railway station. Some work can be seen underway on the railway line towards the bridge. Photographer: Surgeon Captain John Campbell

Background imageChildren Collection: High Street, Falmouth, Cornwall. Early 1900s

High Street, Falmouth, Cornwall. Early 1900s
The High Street, Falmouth showing George Eustice Stationers and the Post Office at No. 4. Photographer: Arthur Philp

Background imageChildren Collection: Jacobs Ladder, Falmouth, Cornwall. Early 1900s

Jacobs Ladder, Falmouth, Cornwall. Early 1900s
Eleven people stand on the steps. The Jacobs Ladder steps were built by Jacob Hamblen, a builder, tallow-chandler and property owner

Background imageChildren Collection: Old town an beach, fortress church Notre Dame des Anges, Collioure, Pyrenees-Orientales

Old town an beach, fortress church Notre Dame des Anges, Collioure, Pyrenees-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon, France, Mediterranean, Europe

Background imageChildren Collection: Five-year-old Denise Holmes and her sister Nicola, two, now have a windmill at

Five-year-old Denise Holmes and her sister Nicola, two, now have a windmill at the bottom of their garden at Littlehampton, Sussex

Background imageChildren Collection: The Lennox-Boyd family. Around 1912

The Lennox-Boyd family. Around 1912
Studio photograph of Alan Tindal Lennox-Boyd with his brothers and mother, Florence Annie Begbie (1870-1949). Standing: George Edward Lennox-Boyd (1902-1943); seated children

Background imageChildren Collection: The Lennox-Boyd brothers. Around 1912

The Lennox-Boyd brothers. Around 1912
Studio photograph of Alan Tindal Lennox-Boyd with his brothers. From left to right: George Edward Lennox-Boyd (1902-1943), Alan Tindal Lennox-Boyd (1904-1983)

Background imageChildren Collection: West Street, Penryn, Cornwall. Around 1904

West Street, Penryn, Cornwall. Around 1904
A view from West Street, Penryn, of the Three Tuns Inn on the right, with the Cornish Arms behind. Amelia Demcey was the landlady of the Three Tuns in 1904. Photographer probably Arthur William Jordan

Background imageChildren Collection: Young boy and girl kissing underneath the mistletoe at Christmas time 1956 love

Young boy and girl kissing underneath the mistletoe at Christmas time 1956 love couple romance romantic for valentines day be my valentine

Background imageChildren Collection: Taking a morning stroll in the garden of Ayot House, their home at Ayot St Lawrence

Taking a morning stroll in the garden of Ayot House, their home at Ayot St Lawrence, Herts, is ex-King Michael of Romania, his wife (formerly Princess Anne of Boubon Palma )



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Children are the heart and soul of our world, bringing joy and laughter wherever they go. Whether it's the excitement of The Goose Fair in Nottingham, where Arthur Spooner captures their wide-eyed wonder, or the whimsical game of tennis played by Babar, king of the elephants, and Celeste in Jean de Brunhoff's timeless books from the 1930s. In Jenny Agutter's captivating performance in "The Railway Children" (1970), we witness the resilience and bravery that children possess as they navigate life's challenges. And through a Children's Political British Isles Map, we see their potential to shape a brighter future for us all. From the mischievous adventures of Spanky, Buckwheat, Mickey, Alfalfa, and Darla in silent films like "Little Rascals, " to the enchanting Christmas Market at Prague's Old Town Square viewed from the Astronomical Clock - children remind us to embrace playfulness and cherish every moment. Humphrey Jennings' poignant film "The Silent Village" (1943) reminds us that even amidst darkness and turmoil they can inspire hope with their innocence and resilience. In Polperro during 1860-1870s captured by an old photograph - five young boys stand united against life's uncertainties while sailing on a lake nearby. As illustrated on a map overlaying Antarctica with sea gulls soaring above penguins waddling alongside elephant seals basking under shrimp-filled waters - children teach us about curiosity and exploration. They remind us that there is always more to discover beyond what meets our eyes. Whether strolling along Shambles CC76_00555 or capturing moments frozen in time with five little girls from Polperro during 1860-1870s - these images evoke nostalgia for simpler times when childhood was filled with innocent bliss. Children hold within them boundless imagination; they are dreamers who believe anything is possible.