The Great War – Through a London Child’s Eye

It’s present day London and three school-friends, Chris, Poppy and Alesha, are helping clear out a cupboard at school when they discover a very dusty box!

Underneath many novels and loose papers, they find an old book at the bottom with “The Private Diary of Edward Hampton” written on the cover and the date says “From June 1914…”! They start reading the book and discover what London life was like for Edward in 1914, at the outbreak of the First World War.

In 2014-15 Islington Museum worked with Fun Kids, the UK’s children’s radio station to research and create a radio series about children’s lives in North London in 1914, at the beginning of the First World War. Follow the series and explore what North London looked, sounded and smelled like, over a hundred years ago, through a child’s eye!

Evelyn Hilda Hutchings aged 5 yrs 'Victory' (1918)

There are 10 short episodes drawing upon local sites, sounds and stories to create inspiring diary entries. Find out how Londoners lived, what they learnt at school and what they did for entertainment!

To view all the radio episodes visit the Fun Kids radio station for The Great War – Through a London Child’s Eye

Fun Kids is the UK’s children’s radio station. Tune in on DAB Digital Radio in London and the South East, on mobile and online at

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