Hong Kong society has recently started to pay much greater attention to the beliefs and values that shaped our historic conservation and collective memory. On the other hand, the general public continues to demonstrate keen interests in exhibitions that related to their lives or associated with their memories. Serving as a platform for collecting, preserving, displaying and researching into the history of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Museum of History is dedicated to recording and preserving the common experiences of Hong Kong people. As part of that mission, we are now conducting a research project entitled "Children's Life in Hong Kong" to study the changes in the lives of Hong Kong children in the past few decades, in areas such as daily routines, education, extracurricular activities, entertainment etc., from the 1950s up to the present day.
| We sincerely invite you to: |
| 1) || share with us your memories of your life as a child. You can email your stories to us via firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember to tell us which decade you were born in! |
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| 2) || donate articles and photographs to us. In this collection campaign, we are seeking artefacts from – but not limited to – the following categories as well as related photographs and audiovisual records from the 1950s, 60s and 70s and beyond. || || |
Does this tricycle bring back memories of your childhood?
| Categories || Examples || |
| Stationery || Alphabet erasers, ink erasers, ink eraser pencils, scrapbooks, ballpoint pens with wooden holders, pencil cases, pencil cases with hidden compartments, colour pencils, mechanical pencils, pencil sharpeners, alphabet rulers, green canvas schoolbags… || |
Those who were born in the 1970s are all familiar with this type of alphabet eraser.
| Learning || Textbooks, exercise books, school handbooks, academic report cards, Hong Kong Academic Aptitude Test exercises, examination admission forms, school uniforms, autograph books, student cards, Student Travel Cards… || |
Did you use the textbooks published by Ling Kee Publishing Co?
| Toys || Game cards, bouncing balls, beanbags, Rubik's cubes, Rubik's snakes, yoyos, bean guns, skateboards, building blocks, Lego blocks, remote-controlled cars, Monopoly, cooking toys, card-shaped handheld game consoles, Game Boys, mini 4WDs, Barbie, Cabbage Patch Kids, models, electronic pets, TV game consoles… || |
Kamen Rider (Masked Rider) was a massive hit in Hong Kong and Japan in the 1970s and 1980s; children loved to play at changing form like the popular hero and to imitate his powerful moves.
| Confectionery packaging || Double-stick ice lollies, ice cream sandwiches, plastic ice lolly sticks, Cadbury's Whirls , Cadbury's Golden Cups, Smarties, bubble gum with water transfer tattoo wrapper, bubble gum balls, Pop Rocks, chocolates with spectacle-shaped packaging… || |
We bet Yan Chim Kee ice cream was a favourite of many of you when you were kids!
| Collectibles || Game cards, flash cards with pictures of cartoon characters and celebrities, cartoon character items, sticker albums… || |
Robots were the favourite toys of many boys.
| Publishing || Comics, children's magazines, story books… || |
All kinds of comic books were published in the 1970s and 1980s, including Xiao Liumang ("Little Rogue").
| Items or photographs related to the following categories: |
| Amusement parks || Kai Tak Amusement Park, Lai Chi Kok Amusement Park, Happy Dragon Recreational Park, The Wonderful World of Whimsy… || |
In a time when entertainment facilities were much less common, a visit to Lai Chi Kok Amusement Park would make any kid's day.
| TV programmes || Robocon, Hakaider, Masked Rider (Kamen Rider), Superman, Hopscotch, 430 Space Shuttle, Enjoy Yourself Tonight, Batman, The Green Hornet… || |
The TV series Masked Rider was extremely popular in the 1970s and 1980s and gave birth to many spin-offs, including comic books, toys, stationery, etc.
| Animation/Comics || Miss 13 Dot, Old Master Q, Candy Candy, Doraemon, The Little Vagrant Lady, Nobody's Child, Mazinger Z, Getter Robo, Popeye, Sailormoon, Crayon Shin-chan, Ninja Hattori Kun, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mobile Suit Gundam, Dr. Slump, Dragonball… || |
A classic comic series from the 1960s and 1970s, Miss 13 Dot fascinated readers with the central character's constantly changing wardrobe and image.
| If you would like to make a donation, please contact us on 2724 9992 during office hours. You also can fax (2724 9090) or post (Address: Hong Kong Museum of History Chatham Road South 100, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon) the information to us, but please mark on the fax or envelope "Children's Life in Hong Kong research project". Thank you. |