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Kate Cowan explains the background to the Play Observatory and our aims for the project.

As of August 2021, we are two thirds of the way into the data collection for the Play Observatory and we're delighted with the range and diversity of contributions we've been receiving about children's and young people's play experiences during lockdown times. John and Michelle reflect in this post on the story so far and invite people to keep contributing (or do so for the first time!)…

Cath Bannister finds past examples of play informed by illness in the archived papers of folklorists Iona and Peter Opie.

Yinka Olusoga explains some of the history of researching children’s own ideas about their everyday play.

John Potter explains how we got to the Play Observatory by way of two previous projects on play archives and playgrounds.