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Current Research

We are carrying out some research with the University of Glasgow. The aim of the project is to understand the possibilities and challenges to building a successful community growing hub. Read more about the project here.

Adventure Playgrounds

There are adventure playgrounds all around the world, and many more projects which are not called Adventure Playgrounds, but which share much of their ambition and spirit. At the heart of all of these projects is a shared idea about trusting children and giving them the space, time, support and resources they need to pursue their own play. There is also a deep-seated commitment to the value of play both as a development process and an activity of value in its own right. 

We were lucky enough to be able spend a good deal of time learning and researching whilst setting up Baltic Street. Play Summit is a conference we hosted with Nils Norman in 2014, when we brought people working in the field to Glasgow. There are videos of the presentations available to watch on the Play Summit page. 

If you are interested in the history of adventure playgrounds, or junk playgrounds as they were originally, and some would argue, rightly known, visit our history page. There is a small archive of texts which give a more detailed of the character of Adventure Playgrounds and information on how the movement started.

There is a page of links to projects, websites and groups from the UK and around the world, some of which we relied on heavily whilst setting up the project, and others we continue to learn from. There is also more more information about play-work practice, and the role of the adult in play in the Playwork section.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch - we may not have the answers, but we can tell you who we would ask. 


Tim Gill's fantastic and constantly relevant blog:

Nil's Norman's research biblography on adventure

Paige Johnson's live archive of playgrounds arong the world

Architektur fur Kinder's archive of playgrounds, books and historical images

Bernard Spiegal of PlayLinks also fantastic and evolving blog

Another world archive of play and playgrounds