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Perspectives on Play

  • Free
  • Symposium
  • Youth event
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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About your contributors

Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen is one of the best-known figures in the children’s book world. He is renowned for his work as a poet, performer, broadcaster and scriptwriter. He is Professor of Children’s Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London and visits schools with his one-man show to enthuse children with his passion for books and poetry. In 2007 he was appointed Children’s Laureate, a role which he held until 2009. While Laureate, he set up The Roald Dahl Funny Prize. He currently lives in London with his wife and children.

Karen Newell

Karen Newell is co-founder of ToyLikeMe, an arts-based, not-for-profit organisation. ToyLikeMe celebrates the powers of disability representation in toys to boost self- esteem and grow open minds.

Dr Matluba Khan

Dr Matluba Khan is a research fellow at UCL interested in built-environment, pedagogy and play.

Easy Peasy

Easy Peasy are a group of creators, researchers and educators, dedicated to helping families discover, create, play and share learning games. They use use technology to bring families together in new and exciting ways that spark imagination, joy and learning in homes everywhere: