Perspectives on Play

  • Symposium
  • 14 to 19-year-olds
Photograph of two students sat at a table looking down at the activities that they're working on. They are holding a pencil and working on white paper.
Study Day, Steven Pocock. Source: Wellcome Collection.

What you’ll do

Led by experts from the worlds of science and art, this symposium will encourage students to research the role of play in social learning and explore how children’s play reflects, alters and adapts to the world around them. Students will learn through talks and discussions, a gallery visit and facilitated activities, as well as interactive workshops.

This event is inspired by our new exhibition, ‘Play Well’, opening in October 2019.

A preparation pack will be sent out in advance of the symposium to prepare students and teachers for the activities.

This event is suitable for post-16 students studying psychology, sociology or health and social care.



Need to know


This is a large-scale event with several different activities. Check specific sub-events for their locations.

School booking conditions

Your school or college can book a maximum of two study days per term. To secure your booking, you'll need to complete and return the required forms promptly.

All study days and events are free, but we charge a fee for cancellation or significant changes to your group size made within three weeks of your visit. Both policies are explained fully in the agreement we ask you to sign ahead of your visit.

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