Lost Childhoods: The Cultural History of Separation

James Daybell, Professor of Early Modern British History at University of Plymouth, writer and co-presenter of the chart-topping Histories of the Unexpected podcast, takes you on a fascinating journey through various periods in history where children have found themselves separated from families through the choices of others and how that has affected individuals and cultures. 

This talk was recorded as part of FUTURES2021 and first shown on 24 September 2021.

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Professor James Daybell

Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business

Professor James Daybell is a world-leading academic, author and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, with research interests including Early Modern British and European History; Gender and Women’s History; and English Renaissance literature. 

He is one half of the successful ‘Histories of the Unexpected’ podcast and live show, and has been presented with a number of international awards and fellowships. James has produced fourteen books and more than 50 articles and essays, with projects including books on the family and materials of memory; gender and archives; and early modern gloves!

<p>Professor James Daybell on stage during the Histories of the Unexpected live show</p>


24 and 25 September 2021

A festival of discovery where you can explore the past, create the present and imagine the future

FUTURES2021 brought research to life in new and exciting ways online and in-person, with events from storytelling to panel discussions, comedy, quizzes, broadcasts and more. Attendees joined researchers from the Universities of Plymouth, Exeter, Bristol, Bath and Bath Spa University to explore topics such as history, health, marine, robotics and the arts.

More info on the University of Plymouth's FUTURES2021 events


FUTURES2021 is funded by the European Commission under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions and delivered collaboratively by the University of Bath, Bath Spa University, the University of Bristol, the University of Exeter and the University of Plymouth.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 101036029.