Our History

This August and September Marble Hill Playcentres present a special display featuring films, photographs and audio recordings looking back on the site’s 40+ year history. Throughout this summer, children, parents and playworkers have shared their memories of the Adventure Playground and One O’Clock Club in the lead-up to the display, which opens to visiting children from 23 August and to the wider public on 26 August and 16 September 2017.

In-keeping with the child-led ethos of the playcentres, many of the interviews were led by children who attend regularly. Parents who used to come as toddlers and teenagers also took part. The display offers insights into the importance of adventure play and captures reflections on changing attitudes to playing out since 1975 in and around Richmond and Twickenham. Also featured are a series of present-day images of the playground and its users by photographer Dan Weill.

Visitors to the display are invited to contribute their own memories of Marble Hill Playcentres, as well as ideas for the next 40 years!

The archive project and display are supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Exhibition open to children

Normal visiting hours from 23 August until 16 September

Open day (free and open to all, including adults)

Saturday 26 August, 12-6pm
Open House Closing event (free and open to all, including adults)
16 September 2017, 12-6pm

Guided tour of the display and site by Senior Playworker Esther Pattenden, 2.30pm

As part of Open House London, Marble Hill Playcentres mark the end of the display with a special Open Day. Refreshments and fun promised!

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