UCL East


UCL research project develops telephone boxes that revisit games and songs from the past

15 May 2019

Research from Professor Andrew Burn, who will be part of Culture Lab at UCL East, takes archive content to allow children to 'dial up' the past and visit songs and games from their grandparents' childhoods.

Antique wooden game

The Time Telephones, which have been installed in museums, including the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, offers a glimpse into the archive of songs, games and rhymes built up by Peter and Iona Opie. The Opie archive is now being drawn upon as part of the EPSRC funded project 'Playing the Archive', lead by UCL in partnership with University of Sheffield. 

The full article can be read in the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/may/05/time-telephone-portal-childhood-memories 

Professor Andrew Burn gave a UCL Lunch Hour Lecture in May about the project, a recording of which can be viewed on the UCL Lunch Hour Lectures YouTube channel shortly.