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Visitor Voices: Childhood 2
Visitor Voices: Childhood 2

Visitor Voices: Childhood 2

Do children contribute to society? A series of casual Socratic discussions explores childhood and coming of age in the ancient and modern worlds.

Event Information

21 Sept 2024, 12:40 pm – 1:55 pm

Hellenic Museum, 280 William St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia


Childhood 2: Do children contribute to society?

Children have always occupied a unique place in society. They may sometimes be referred to as a ‘burden’, but also represent the ‘future’ of the family, community and world.  Today children are major consumers, with markets aligned specifically to address their tastes and needs. But do they contribute anything? What is their role in society, and how have expectations of children changed from the ancient to the modern world? Indeed, what expectations should we have of children today, and should they contribute to the common welfare?


About Visitor Voices

The ancient Greeks were known for their love of getting together in a relaxed environment, breaking bread and arguing about philosophy, politics and the meaning of life. Inspired by these ancient symposia, Visitor Voices invites you to explore some of life's age-old questions from a modern perspective, in a casual group environment.

On the third Saturday of every month, Museum staff will guide participants through a Socratic-style discussion among a small group, unleashing your inner philosopher and creating a dialogue between institution and visitor. In 2024 we will explore four major themes – Conflict and Humanity, Law and Freedom, Childhood and Getting Social – with each theme explored over 2–3 sessions, and every session centred around a different question. There's no prior knowledge required, just a sense of curiosity!

Tickets include Museum general admission before or after the session. Please note, due to the discussion of mature themes, this program is recommended for ages 15 and older.

Next session: Sat 12 October – Childhood 3

To explore other themes and available sessions, see the Visitor Voices hub.


  • General Admission

    From $28.00 to $35.00
    • $35.00
      +$0.88 service fee
    • $28.00
      +$0.70 service fee



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