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A Sense of Play is a fun day of classic and new games for families, at a temporary outdoor playground in Sheffield city centre.

Site Square, opposite contemporary art space Site Gallery, will host a packed day of traditional and brand new games like Spiders Revenge, Dodgeball Rush and Master Spinner, created by Sheffield school children and Paperfinch Theatre.

A Sense of Play  is inspired by folklorists Iona and Peter Opie. Active in the 1950s they spent their career recording how children played street games, and invented stories. Be a part of this exciting day of experimentation and play and help us turn Site Square into an outdoor playground.

Drop in and join the hunt for special symbols across the square, using your phone to unlock secret stories and myths. Share your stories of play at a Memory Station and use your imagination to invent your own new games. Players will take home a pack of special playing cards featuring secret messages left by children from the past.

Archive films will be screened inside the Project Space. In the event of bad weather – head inside Site Gallery.

Keep your energy levels up at Kollective Coffee and Kitchen where hot and cold refreshments will be served throughout the day.

Accessible toilets and baby changing facilities are also available inside Site Gallery.

Pay and display parking available on Brown Street and Sidney Street, and multistorey car parks on Arundal Gate and The Moor.

This event is part of the Playing the Archive: Memory, Community and Mixed Reality Play project – a partnership between ESPRC, DARE at the UCL Knowledge Lab; the University of Sheffield; the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at the Bartlett School of Architecture; the Bodleian Libraries; the V&A Museum of Childhood, and the Digital Humanities Institute, Sheffield. The project is funded by the ESPRC (Content Creation and Consumption in the Digital Economy call).

Supported by City of Ideas.


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