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Messing About in the Museum 3: Playful adults, children's rights & play as...

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Playful adults, children's rights & play as protest

This time, Messing about in the Museum is tackling some tough stuff - thinking about play and politics in many glorious forms. There will be presentations around how play can be used for protest, and how museums can support childrens right to play, the value of playful staff training. OUr afternoon workshop session will question and challenge whether there is value and importance in supporting adults to be playful too. At a time where children's equitable access to their community spaces is limited, why should we support developing playful adults too?

The first half of the day will be full of short inspiring presentations, followed by opportunities to share ideas and to network. There will be a practical afternoon workshop to help you think deeply about your own provision for people and play, depending on your current focus and priorities. As usual we’ll aim to tailor our workshop to where you are at, so expect to do a tiny bit of prep work before you come (we’ll send you a few questions after you’ve booked your ticket!)

A ticket for the day will cost £37 and lunch and refreshments will be provided. The event is kindly being hosted by Leeds City Museum.


This is how previous attendees felt after our messing around events:

"Playful, creative, excited, positive, optimistic, inspired, enlightened."

"The group focus and discussion on playful approaches revealed many solutions to problems that have been difficult to solve in isolation.”

"Since the session we are going to experiment with our spaces, creating conditions rather than activities for play - changing the way we have done things in some areas for a long time."


Session content and confirmed speakers to date

The People’s History Museum will be speaking about play and the past, present and future of protest. Inspired by the last Messing Around workshop, the museum began thinking about playful forms of protest that they could use to engage families in the theme, but also challenge misconceptions that protest is always aggressive. The PHM will talk about their research and the real examples of playful protests that they could link to a playful activity in the building.

Anja Keitel-Campsall from Coventry Transport Museum will be talking about their new approach to providing staff with play training, and about what goes on in their Mini Museum Engineers sessions.

Charlotte Derry from Playful Places will be sharing some insights into the Welsh Play Sufficiency Legislation introduced 6 years ago designed to support children's right to play. She’ll be asking - what can the cultural sector learn from this groundbreaking legislation - particularly about how to evaluate and improve provision for play, and considering spatial justice for children.

Kate Fellows, Lifelong Learning Manager at Leeds Museums and Galleries will explore how Leeds City Museum won it’s family friendly award & how the museums service includes its adult visitors in a playful way. Expect something playful and interactive from Kate!

Other speakers to be confirmed!

Talking play

As with all of the Happy Museum gatherings, the session will be conversational, playful and experimental, as well as serious. You might be curious and new to play, or wanting to go deeper into understanding and practice. There will be lots of time to share ideas and talk with people with different levels of experience. We believe the best learning happens when we spend time talking together making meaningful connections, and when we have fun - we'll aim to do lots of both during the session!

Our Top Tip

We would strongly encourage you to come with colleagues if possible - ideally representing a range of roles within your service: Play impacts upon and affects everyone's roles and providing playful opportunities works best when everyone is part of planning and managing it.


Timings and cost

The workshop itself will take place between 11 a.m. and 4.15 p.m, with arrival and refreshments available from 10.30 a.m. We'll send full joining instructions closer to the date of the event. The cost is £36 per person plus a small booking fee.

For more information about the event, please get in touch with Charlotte Derry on 07982 198469 or via weareplayful@playfulplaces.co.uk

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