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A history of playspaces


Pascoe, C, A history of playspaces, How to Grow a Playspace: Development and Design, Routledge, K Masiulanis and E Cummins (ed), London, UK, pp. 13-20. ISBN 9781138906549 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.4324/9781315695198


Children’s play has existed across every human culture and time period. 1 However, the history of play spaces specially designed for children is relatively short. The idea that children need separate places for their games is a modern notion, virtually unknown before the nineteenth century. Archaeologists struggle to recreate a detailed sense of children’s lives in the pre-written past. 2, 3 Where traces of ancient children’s history have been uncovered – such as objects presumed to be toys – there has been no corresponding evidence that children’s play was restricted to certain areas. 4 Visual evidence from the medieval period in Europe reinforces this sense that children played anywhere and everywhere. 5 Anthropological studies from non-urbanised communities and pre-twentieth-century societies record the omnipresence of children’s play. These children appropriated their own play spaces that were informal, fluid and seasonal, like the nineteenth-century New Zealand youth studied by Brian Sutton-Smith. 6

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:history, childhood, children, play, playground
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
UTAS Author:Pascoe, C (Dr Carla Pascoe Leahy)
ID Code:148728
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:History and Classics
Deposited On:2022-02-04
Last Modified:2022-07-28

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