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Play Well

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Photograph of visitors exploring the exhibition, Play Well at Wellcome Collection. The photograph shows three people standing next to a low display plinth discussing the exhibit which consists of pieces of furniture covered by a white sheet. Behind them are other display cases against a pink wall and another gallery visitor.
Play Well exhibition, Thomas SG Farnetti. Source: Wellcome Collection. CC BY-NC.

"Takes playing seriously.... not so seriously that it kicks the fun out of it"

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Why do we play? How important is it for all of us, young or old? What does it mean to play well? We invite you to consider the impact of play in our lives.

‘Play Well’ explores how play transforms both childhood and society. Using displays of historic toys and games, artworks and design, this exhibition investigates how play develops social bonds, emotional resilience and physical wellbeing. The exhibition includes: images of children at play in the street, in playgrounds and beyond; makeshift and commercially produced toys; digital games and a LARP (live action role-play) space by artist Adam James. 

The exhibition is open to people of all ages, but there are limited opportunities for interaction and handling objects.

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Gallery 1, level 0

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