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Child playing on an abandoned car in an adventure playground; c.1965

Henry Grant

Child playing on an abandoned car in an adventure playground; c.1965
4 0 c m
actual image size: 22cm x 22cm

Full image caption

Child playing on an abandoned car in the St John's Wood Adventure Playground.
In 1943 Lady Marjorie Allen was chair of the Under Fourteen Council (which later became Save the Children). Her research into children’s play influenced the development of national play schemes in the UK. It was felt that derelict urban spaces (often created during the bombing of the Second World War) could be properly used as play spaces for inner city children. The opportunity to play with what we may now call ‘rubbish’ but what was then thought of as ‘construction materials’ was though to foster creative and imaginative play. The St John’s Wood Adventure Playground was established by Save the Children in the early 1960s and as can be seen from this picture children had the opportunity to play with derelict cars, with construction materials and there was even a small garden.

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1965 AD - 1965 AD
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© Henry Grant Collection/Museum of London

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