- Whips, tops and mischief. a) 2 Males,
born 1905 & 1909: describe playing with whips and tops on
roads, Tin-a-Lurkey, bowling with hoops, and Spirit
Rapping. b) Female, born 1902: describes making mischief
by knocking on front doors.
- Tin-a-Lurkey. Male, born 1908: talks
about playing Tin-a-Lurkey and collecting balls
from coconut shys at the annual wake to use for playing hockey
- Sound Yer Holler.
Male, born 1920: describes playing Sound Yer Holler,
making a barrow and making your own fun.
- Tin-High-Hockey. Male, born 1917: describes
playing Tin-High-Hockey outside and playing in a
tank from the First World War. Talks about making his own
fun in those days.
- Making Bows and Arrows. Male, born
1908: describes how children made their own fun; describes how
to make bows and arrows, and kites from willow, and shooting
- Adventurous Play in
the Colliery. Male, born 1920: describes adventurous
play in the colliery, sliding down spoil heaps and igniting
gun-powder from the powder sheds!
- Adventurous Play in the Quarry. Male,
born 1932: describes games played with Second World War bomb
cases, and escapades in the quarry.
- Shrove Tuesday. a) Female, born 1913:
talks about seeing toys for sale in shop windows and the Shrove
Tuesday tradition of boys playing with whips and tops, and girls
playing battledore and shuttlecock. b) Female, born 1902: talks
about playing battledore and shuttlecock on Shrove Tuesdays,
marbles, and skipping.
- Football. a) Male, born 1908: describes
playing football with rolled up socks, or a freshly killed pigs
bladder. b) 2 Males, born 1905 and 1909: describe playing football
with a pigs bladder.
- Ponies, Tennis and Cricket. Female,
born 1919: describes having ponies and walking in the winter,
and tennis parties and cricket in the summer. Talks about how,
as a girl, she had to keep score, rather than play.
- Wartime Games. Female, born 1929: describes
playing snobs, hopscotch, double ball, hide and seek, hoop and
stick, playing with cigarette cards, and collecting comics during
the Second World War.
- Girls and Boys. Female, born 1951:
explains how girls and boys played different games; describes
games played by girls: double & triple ball, skipping in
the street and French skipping.
- Elastic and Poddy 1-2-3. Female, born
1964: describes games played in and out of school: French
skipping, Poddy 1-2-3, and collecting conkers.
- Summer Holidays in Leicester. Female,
born 1929: talks about playing indoors in bad weather with dolls
and jigsaws. In summer played in the different parks in the
city of Leicester. Describes catching the tram to visit the
- Childhood in East Africa. Female, born
1963: talks about making castles in the sand outside her home
in East Africa and sailing paper boats during the rainy season.
- Childhood in Canada. Female, born 1972:
talks about how Canadas climate means that people play
games outside a lot of the time. Describes skipping in the summer
and skating in the winter.
- Foggy Hounds and Poddy 1-2-3. Male,
born 1977: describes playing two different running and hiding