Chris Gregory: A History of Children’s Play
A message from Chris Gregory, a playwork development officer at The Children’s Centre on the Isle of Man.
Starting tonight at 7.30pm on BBC4 is a fantastic two-part series about the history of Children’s Play which tells the story of children’s outdoor games in 20th-century Britain begins by looking at British children at play between the 1900s and the mid-1950s.
It is a journey into a secret world of adventure and imagination that blossomed in the nation’s streets, back alleys and playgrounds. The children’s songs and games were passed down from one generation to the next and remain an abiding memory for most grown-ups. Playing on the streets was the defining feature of a working class childhood. The programme highlights how children’s play varied between city and country, between the different social classes and between boys and girls.
Make sure that if you miss it you catch up on iPlayer as it is a great documentary giving a fascinating insight to the way children used to play and how it has changed.