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This Show Space display explores how London’s children have imaginatively inhabited their streets in the past. London’s streets have long provided open and free spaces for the city’s children to play away from cramped domestic conditions. Although 80 percent of public space in London is made up of streets, little is now accessible to the over 1.6 million children that live in the city today. Read more about the rich history of London street play.
The charity London Play has been working to reverse this trend, supporting residents in a revival of the local council supported Play Street. Perhaps you’d like to try some of their games, or contact www.londonplay.org.uk for assistance to start up a Play Street in your own community!
Time to play is part of our City Now City Future season that explores the pleasures and challenges of urban living. Through films, physical and digital interactives and sound installations our free major exhibition The City Is Ours explores initiatives from across the world that seek to improve city life.