Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Respected and Protected

Some of our archives are having another little journey south to be displayed as part of a new exhibition at the Central Family Court in London. The exhibition entitled 'Respected and Protected: The Rights of Children', focuses on these entitlements through the ages and how these have changed and adapted over time.

Respected and protected?

Located in Holborn the Central Family Court is the largest family court in England and works towards securing rights for children. Through a series of quotes, images and artefacts it gives an insight into the court’s work and how the country’s attitudes towards children have evolved.

The exhibition brings together a number of different organisations, including the Together Trust, as it seeks to explain the history and significance of children’s rights. Those who visit the court will get to see some of the Together Trust’s original archives on display as it tells the story of Ethel, one of our children who emigrated across to Canada. 

Ethel was admitted to the charity in 1902, at the age of 11, along with her sisters, Lily and Bessie. Their case had been reported to the charity by both the police and the NSPCC, as the girls were considered to be in dangerous surroundings following the death of their parents.

In 1903 Ethel was emigrated with a party of children, including her sister Lily, on the S.S Bavarian. She went to live with a family in Ingle and two years later, her sponsor received a letter from her. Now seen as one of the family she signed her name off with her adopted parents’ surname and spoke about her new life in Canada. Her connection with her biological sister remained as she wrote of visits between the two farms.

To find out more about her story a trip to the Central Family Court will have to be made. The exhibition opened on Friday and can be viewed for free.

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