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New Focus on play – museums and the cultural sector

04-10-2021

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The latest issue of Focus on play provides information about how the cultural sector can support and influence children and teenagers’ opportunities to play. It is aimed at managers and strategic leaders to build upon the growing understanding and interest to support children’s play in the cultural sector. This includes museums and galleries, heritage sites and visitor attractions.

Museums, galleries and cultural venues have a wealth of experience and understanding of children and families as visitors. Playing enhances children’s physical and emotional well-being and there is a real interest from the cultural sector to engage more deeply with children’s play.

In this issue, we look at:

  • The importance of play for children’s health and well-being
  • The national and international policy on play
  • How local authorities and the cultural sector can respond
  • Actions for creating more playful cultural places and practices
  • An example of a play development team and museum working together to support play.


Thank you to Charlotte Derry, the Museum and Play Consultant and Opal Mentor for Play in Schools, for her support and contribution to this issue of Focus on play.

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Museum, play and sufficiency seminar
6 October 2021 (10.00am – 12:30pm)

To coincide with publishing this issue of Focus on play, Play Wales and the Playful Places network are hosting a seminar to support the museum sector. The seminar will inspire and connect the museum and play sectors to discuss the value of working collaboratively to enhance cultural engagement and support children’s rights.

Book your place by 4:00pm today (4 October 2021)