Birmingham adventure playgrounds featured in oral history project

Meriden Adventure Playground is one of those featured in the Let Us Play archive exhibition

General Public’s Oral Histories has launched part one of it’s Let Us Play project, an investigation of the ‘state of play’ today. Initially this involves the collation of an archive of material to capture the Birmingham adventure playground movement of the 1960-1980’s (funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund).

This will be followed by a wider ‘live period’ of events and exhibitions in 2021/22. This has been initiated through an Arts Council R&D grant. This has seen the development of a new piece of moving image work, a Sparkbrook adventure playground digital trail/app, mapping of play in the city from the 1960’s through to the present day, collaborations with academics at UoB and developing a series of creative play weeks/exhibitions in close proximity to the old playground sites.

Photo: Meriden Adventure Playground

Visit the Let Us Play project here

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