Helen Pearson 1 – Credit © Chris Jelley

The Life Project

The Extraordinary Story of Our Ordinary Lives

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Mon 25 April 2016

The Life Project

The Extraordinary Story of Our Ordinary Lives

Helen Pearson 1 – Credit © Chris Jelley
Mon 25 April 2016,

This event is fully booked. Due to the high number of no-shows at free events, we expect empty seats on the night. You are welcome to queue for these and we will admit on a first come, first serve basis 5 minutes before the start of the event.

In March 1946, scientists began to track thousands of children born in one particular week. No one imagined that this would become the longest-running study of human development in the world, growing to encompass five generations of children. These are some of the best-studied people on the planet, and the simple act of observing their lives has changed the way we are born, schooled, parented and die. Touching almost every person in Britain today, they are one of our best-kept secrets. Helen Pearson has written their story in The Life Project: The Extraordinary Story of Our Ordinary Lives. She is joined by four people involved in the Bristol project, Children of the 90s, which has been charting the health of 14,500 families in the Bristol area since the early 1990s in order to improve the health of future generations: John Henderson, clinical paediatrician, specialising in asthma and lung function; Becky Mars, who researches self-harm and suicide in the cohort; and Tom Vlietstra and Claire Bishop, both Children of the 90s participants.

The event includes a presentation by Helen Pearson on The Life Project, panel discussion with all speakers, and audience debate. It will be followed by a book signing.

Image: Helen Pearson – Chris Jelley

 

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