Faculty Advisor

Bulled, Nicola

Faculty Advisor

Skorinko, Jeanine LM

Project Center

Cape Town, South Africa


In an effort to celebrate childhood as an important life stage, the Centre for Early Childhood Development is opening the Cape Town Museum of Childhood. To assist in the museum’s development, this project collected childhood narratives from people in the Western Cape province for a museum display. Generational (n=4), photo-prompted (n=14), digital (n=5), and unstructured (n=3) interviews were conducted. Themes of race, education, economic hardship, family dynamics, lack of freedom, and safety concerns emerged from the narratives. We developed an online Digital Story Toolkit to continue to collect stories from people in South Africa. In addition, we proposed different display options for the narratives collected, guided by observations of museums and consultations with museum technicians.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2017

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs

Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies