Research methodology

Since Museum of War Childhood represents not only a collection of personal belongings, documents, photographs, letters and other memorabilia on war experience, but also contains an archive of audio-video testimonies narrated by people who were children and adolescents during the war in Bosnia, the developed methodology of the documentary research is twofold, encompassing both the guidelines for an interviewing process and those for an archiving process.

The Museum of War Childhood aims to provide a platform for coming to terms with the past on personal level. It is only through sharing and exchange of lived experiences that better understanding of alternative narratives can be reached and substantial changes in the society and sustainable reconciliation achieved.


Museum of war childhood enables all the voices to be heard and documented, no matter of geographic region, ethnic or religious background or educational level. Every present or former citizen of Bosnia and Herzegovina, who was a child or adolescent during the war and would like to donate his/her memorabilia and to share his/her personal story of war experience, may participate in the project by registering on the Museum web-site and by following the necessary application procedure explained on the web site. Since the age when a child forms his/her first stable memories is individually different, but is, according to current psychological findings, usually around third or fourth birthday (and in the case of traumatic memories could be even earlier), the team of the Museum made a consensus that audio-video testimonies could be given only by people born before December 1991. As the upper limit of adolescence was considered the age of 18, so only people born after January 1974 can participate in the project.

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Collecting and cataloguing

Interviewing process