Key themes: Literacy, SEAL, History, PSHE & Citizenship

The Home Children is an exciting programme that was developed in collaboration with Birmingham’s Central Library Archive.  It used participatory theatre and creative learning techniques to bring to life the real life stories of the child migrants, their families and those involved in their emigration from Birmingham children’s homes to Canada during the early 20th century.

By allowing the participants to question, to make decisions, and to relate the story to wider issues of identity, The Home Children not only supports them in learning about local heritage but also to make connections between an historical event and their own experiences and perspectives.

This website contains the support materials for this programme, including podcasts made by the schools on this tour. Click on the image below to download the resource pack that accompanied the programme.


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From The Play House Blog

The voices of the Home Children

February 26th, 2010

“…we are sorry that the voices of these children were not always heard, their cries for help not always heeded. And we are sorry that it has taken so long for this important day to come and for the full and unconditional apology that is justly deserved.” Gordon Brown has followed his Australian counterpart and […]

The Home Children… my journey so far

January 26th, 2010

I have been a freelance Teacher/actor at The Play House for just over six years now and loved every second of it! But I have to say, it has been a particular privilege to have been given a rare opportunity to be part of such a lengthy and in depth project with all sorts of […]


November 16th, 2009

We always make an effort to make sure our programmes are relevant and timely. Usually this is by design. For instanceThe Last Train touring this term was timed to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Kindertransport leaving Germany. Sometimes events overtake us though. It was with a strange sense of déjà vu that we watched the […]

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